Lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for involvement in tax crimes, bank fraud, Manafort´s work for 10 years on behalf of Moscow-allied politicians in Ukraine, and nothing related to the 2016 election — an issue he argued in asking the court for lenience.
But Manafort still faces sentencing in a second case in Washington next week, where the maximum penalty is 10 years and the judge has appeared more sympathetic to prosecutors. Prosecutors alleged that Manafort used offshore bank accounts in Cyprus to hide more than $55 million from Ukrainian politicians from the tax authorities. He is one of six top advisors and associates of Trump´s 2016 presidential election campaign to be charged in the Mueller investigation.
The crimes, though serious among white-collar offenses, did not relate directly to Manafort’s work as Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman.
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23 March, 2019