Thursday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed new charges in a 32-count indictment against former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Richard Gates.
The criminal charges are reportedly not connected to Manafort and Gates’ work with President Trump’s campaign.
The indictment reads:
Between at least 2006 and 2015, MANAFORT and GATES acted as unregistered agents of a foreign government and foreign political parties. Specifically, they represented the Government of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine (Victor Yanukovych, who was President from 2010 to 2014), the Party of Regions (a Ukrainian political party led by Yanukovych), and the Opposition Bloc (a successor to the Party
of Regions after Yanukovych fled to Russia).
MANAFORT and GATES generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. From approximately 2006 through the present, MANAFORT and GATES engaged in a scheme to hide income from United States authorities, while enjoying the use of the money.
During the first part of the scheme between approximately 2006 and 2015, MANAFORT, with GATES’ assistance, failed to pay taxes on this income by disguising it as alleged “loans” from nominee offshore corporate entities and by making millions of dollars in unreported payments from foreign accounts to bank accounts they controlled and United States vendors.
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The Hill explained:
In total, prosecutors allege that over $75 million flowed through Manafort’s and Gates’s offshore accounts. Manafort is accused of laundering over $30 million that he concealed from the Treasury Department with Gates’s help. The indictment says Gates obtained over $3 million from the offshore accounts that he concealed from the government.