... Al­lies face decades in prison, mil­lions in fines

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON (AP): UNITED STATES Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s former cam­paign chair­man, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s busi­ness as­so­ci­ate, Rick Gates, face decades in fed­eral prison and mil­lions of dol­lars in po­ten­tial fines if con­victed on all counts in a sprawl­ing fed­eral in­dict­ment un­sealed yes­ter­day.

Manafort po­ten­tially faces up to 80 years in prison, ac­cord­ing to a re­view of the fed­eral charges and the rel­e­vant statutes by The As­so­ci­ated Press. Gates, who also worked for the Trump cam­paign, faces up to 70 years.

Prose­cu­tors could still file ad­di­tional charges against the pair. If con­victed at trial, the law gives fed­eral judges wide lat­i­tude in im­pos­ing prison sen­tences and fines.

Prose­cu­tors al­lege that Manafort and Gates worked as un­reg­is­tered agents of the gov­ern­ment of Ukraine and the Party of Re­gions, a pro-Rus­sian po­lit­i­cal party led by Vic­tor Yanukovych. While serv­ing as pres­i­dent of the former Soviet re­pub­lic from 2010 to 2014, Yanukovych was closely aligned with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

The in­dict­ment says that up to $75 mil­lion flowed through over­seas ac­counts con­trolled by the two Amer­i­cans. Manafort is al­leged to have laun­dered more than $18 mil­lion which he used to buy prop­erty and goods in the United States. Gates is al­leged to have trans­ferred more than $3 mil­lion to ac­counts he con­trolled.

A sum­mary of the charges en­com­passed in the 31-page in­dict­ment and the po­ten­tial penal­ties:

COUNT ONE:

Con­spir­acy against the United States

Both men are charged with con­spir­ing to­gether and with oth­ers to know­ingly and in­ten­tion­ally de­fraud and com­mit crimes against the United States be­tween 2006 and 2017. If found guilty of this count, each po­ten­tially faces up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT TWO:

Con­spir­acy to laun­der money

Both men are charged with con­spir­ing to­gether and with oth­ers to trans­fer funds from out­side the United States to and through places in­side the coun­try with­out prop­erly dis­clos­ing the trans­ac­tions or pay­ing the re­quired fed­eral taxes. Penal­ties for this count in­clude up to 20 years in fed­eral prison and a fine of ei­ther $500,000 or twice the mon­e­tary value of the prop­erty in­volved in the trans­ac­tion, which­ever is greater.

COUNTS THREE THROUGH SIX:

Fail­ure to file re­ports of for­eign bank and fi­nan­cial ac­counts

The in­dict­ment al­leges that for each cal­en­dar year be­tween 2012 and 2015, Manafort failed to dis­close to the US Trea­sury Depart­ment that he had a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in and au­thor­ity over bank ac­counts in a for­eign coun­try in­volv­ing more than $10,000. Penal­ties in­clude up to 10 years in fed­eral prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000, or up to 50 per cent of the to­tal value for the trans­ac­tions, for each of the four years en­com­passed in the counts.

COUNTS SEVEN THROUGH NINE:

Fail­ure to file re­ports of for­eign bank and fi­nan­cial ac­counts

The in­dict­ment also al­leges that be­tween 2012 and 2014, Gates failed to dis­close to the US Trea­sury Depart­ment that he had a fi­nan­cial in­ter­est in and au­thor­ity over bank ac­counts in a for­eign coun­try in­volv­ing more than $10,000. Penal­ties in­clude up to 10 years in fed­eral prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000, or up to 50 per cent of the to­tal value for the trans­ac­tions, for each of the four years en­com­passed in the counts. Un­reg­is­tered agent of a for­eign prin­ci­pal

Prose­cu­tors al­lege that both men failed to reg­is­ter with the US at­tor­ney gen­eral as for­eign agents of the gov­ern­ment of Ukraine, the Part of Re­gents and Yanukovych be­tween 2008 and 2014. Penal­ties in­clude up to five years in fed­eral prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT ELEVEN:

False and mis­lead­ing state­ments un­der the For­eign Agents Regis­tra­tion Act

The in­dict­ment al­leges that both men made mul­ti­ple false state­ments to fed­eral of­fi­cials in re­la­tion to their fail­ure to reg­is­ter as for­eign agents of the Ukrainian gov­ern­ment. Penal­ties in­clude up to five years in fed­eral prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT TWELVE:

False state­ments Prose­cu­tors al­lege that In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Cam­paign Chair­man Paul Manafort is sur­rounded by re­porters on the floor of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land. Rick Gates, a former busi­ness as­so­ci­ate to Manafort and former cam­paign aide to then Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, is cen­tre rear.

be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 2017, Manafort and Gates con­spired to­gether and caused oth­ers to make false

state­ments and con­ceal crimes against the United States. The penalty for this count is up to five years in prison.

FILE

COUNT TEN:

TRUMP

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