He was convicted in a Virginia federal court trial on charges of tax and bank fraud previous year and pleaded guilty in Washington D.C. on others. His sentence should punish him for serious wrongdoing and serve as a deterrent to others tempted to commit similar crimes, they said.
Manafort was one of the first people in Trump's orbit to face criminal charges as part of Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. "He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources", and committed fraud to further augment his cash flow due to his lavish lifestyle, the document states.
"Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars", the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election wrote in the memo to Judge T.S. Ellis III.
"The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes", it stated. He was found to have hidden more than $16 million in income from United States authorities, which allowed him to avoid paying $6 million in taxes. His sentence will be decided by federal judge TS Ellis.
"If Manafort receives recommended sentence in 19-24 year range, it will be longer than many murder sentences in District of Columbia", said Byron York, a Washington Examiner columnist and Fox News contributor.Читайте также: Swiss actor Bruno Ganz dies at 77
Such a sentence would be the longest given out as part of the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and related matters.
Following his convictions, Manafort admitted other crimes in a plea deal to avoid a second trial on other charges in Washington DC. The judge said Manafort's lies in the other investigation came as he tried to take back information about others that he had proffered to prosecutors as a person who worked "at the highest level of the campaign". Kilimnik denies the allegations and insists he has not worked for Russian intelligence.
White-collar crime is a badly unenforced area of law, which likely why Manafort believed he could do what he did.
Earlier this week, Jackson ruled there was a "preponderance" of evidence that Manafort lied on three different topics, including his communications with his former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, who prosecutors say has ties to Russian intelligence and helped Manafort try to obstruct justice.
Manafort is likely to be sentenced in the Washington case first, which is set for March 13.
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