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Aug212018

The Eighteen Counts of Paul J. Manafort Jr.

Occasionally I get annoyed by nonspecific media reporting.  I wondered what the eighteen counts against Paul Manafort were, and rather than get that concise information instead I found broad interperted data filterations and distillations.   In other words, spin. 

Ok, there were ?32 or 77? points in the superseding indictment - I'm a lay person so forgive my reading of some of these ?counts? as mere statements of fact even though they may be argued in court, statements I read as  akin to "This really is the Paul Manafort we are looking for" and "IRS is responsible for taxation."   18 counts are brought to the first trial, and that's not so many that a distillation is required:  So here are the indictment counts as I understand them for the first trial:  Counts 1 through 5, 11 through 14 and 24 through 32 of the Superseding Indictment:

(LINK TO UNABRIDGED SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT ORGINAL DOCUMENT HERE:)

(LINK TO 12? COUNT US DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA INDICTMENT HERE)

I encourage you to read and consider the counts in the links above.  My lay persons (and certainly somewhat in error) reading of the counts:

  1. Paul Manafort and Richard Gates served as consultants and lobbyists and acted as illegal unregistered agents of the Government of the Ukraine- for the Party of Regions and the Party Opposition Bloc all formed by Yanukovych who eventually fled to Russia.  Manafort laundered the money through scores of US and foreign Corporations 
  2. hatches a scheme between 2006 and 2015:  take unreported self payments as loans from offshore ?self owned shell? corporation. 
  3. uses this illegal income to purchase ~6 million in real estate properties.  Then secures ~20 million in construction loans to improve the properties. 
  4. Uses illegal income for a lavish life without paying taxes on that income
  5. Conceals flow of 75 million in cash flow from Treasury and Department of Justice
  6. Worked as lobbists for the Ukraine, but perhaps actually against the Ukraine if you follow his client Ukrainian President Yanukovych's money back to Russia and understand Yanukovych is wanted for High Treason by the Ukraine for bringing in Russian troupes to fight fellow ukrainians.  Yanukovych fled the Ukraine and is in Russia.
  7. Owned/Created 34 shell companies to run this scheme
  8. Money is owed to US Treasury
  9. Created 34 shell companies to transfer millions not reported as income used to make purchases
  10. Wire transfers by "offshore entity" were actually Manafort and Gates spending millions without taxation.
  11. Pages of wire transfers resulted in millions in personal gains to Manafort and Gates and they did not pay taxes.
  12. Manafort used these shell companies and made purchases on his behalf but did not report them on his 2012 tax return.
  13. Manaforts tax filings between 2008 - 2014 falsely state he did not have authorty over foreign financial acounts.
  14. Gates tax filing between 2010 and 2013 likewise are false with regard to foreign financial filings. Note dates, Manafort has tax irregularities before Gates.
  15. 2015 Bank Defraud & Conspiriacy, made false statements to multiple bank lenders
  16. Purchase of realestate in Unitied states for benefit of Gates and Manafort with offshore accounts that appeared as loans, thereby liquid income without playing taxes, lying about actual debt, and making it appear illegal income was a loan with tax liability thereby cheating additional taxes owed atop cheated taxes already owed.
  17. False statements to lender(ill gotten realestate misrepresented as second home, not investment, etc).
  18. More fradulent statements to secure property improvement loans (~20 million) for the (~6 million) in ill gotten realestate property.

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