On Friday, a tax preparer even admitted that she helped disguise $900,000 in foreign income as a sham loan to lower Manafort's tax bill. She said that either Manafort or Gates told her to relay that to the bank and that she relied on "their word".
WASHINGTON-Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors are walking the jury in the trial of Paul Manafort through records to back their claim that the former Trump campaign chairman deceived his own financial advisers to hide his foreign accounts and income from US tax authorities. She also told bank officials a loan to Mr. Manafort had been forgiven despite having no documentation that was the case.
On Wednesday, prosecutors revealed in court that the former Trump campaign chairman, who's on trial for bank and tax fraud, spent almost $1 million from 2009 to 2014 on clothing at Alan Couture, a luxury menswear store in NY. "We can't pick and choose what's a loan and what's income". All three people said they were unaware Manafort controlled over a dozen offshore entities, many of which gave money to Manafort's political consulting firm.
A bookkeeper for Manafort's company testified Thursday that Manafort was broke by 2016 and sent false income statements to banks to obtain loans.
Prosecutors also showed Washkuhn a March 2016 email that Gates had sent to a Banc of California executive in pursuit of a loan for Manafort.
The testimony for the prosecution comes on the third day of Manafort's trial on tax evasion and bank fraud charges.
Prosecutors are trying to craft a narrative through the various vendors, bookkeepers, and accountants who have testified that Manafort, through Gates, directed his own illicit transactions.
Ayliff responded, stating that the apartment had always been regarded as a rental property.
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The jury heard testimony from the chief operating officer of an audio and visual equipment company that did lucrative business with Manafort. Ayliff said Gates was "working closely with Mr. Manafort", and was Manafort's "right hand" adviser.
Asonye guided jurors through the details of the alleged tax fraud, showing them Manafort's personal and business tax returns. Several took notes in black notebooks, and virtually all looked at the monitors in front of them as attorneys zoomed in on portions of documents they sought to highlight.
Manafort's client in Ukraine, former President Viktor Yanukovych and his Party of Regions, were forced out of power in 2014 and Yanukovych lives in exile in Russian Federation.
Earlier Friday, Ayliff testified that Manafort claimed he had no foreign accounts or interests on each of the annual tax forms that he filled out for Ayliff between 2011 and 2014. But after Yanukovych was ousted and fled to Russian Federation in 2014, prosecutors say that Manafort's income plummeted to zero. He also allegedly failed to declare he had stashed some of his income in foreign bank accounts; failing to declare those foreign accounts to USA authorities is a crime.
All told, prosecutors allege that Manafort failed to report a "significant percentage" of the more than $60 million they say he received from Ukrainian oligarchs.
The defense hinted it will deploy a strategy that contends Manafort was oblivious to the fact that abruptly changing accounting recording procedures could implicate him for bank fraud.
Lead defense attorney Kevin Downing pointed to emails about a foreign telecommunications firm in which Manafort invested but over which he had no decision-making authority.
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A source close to Manafort's team told Fox News the defense has not yet decided whether to have Manafort testify during the trial.