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Ex-Trump Campaign Boss Manafort Sentenced To 47 Months In Prison

March 07, 2019 - 8:05 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III announced Thursday night.

The 69-year-old was convicted on eight felonies related to tax and bank fraud charges for hiding foreign income from his work in Ukraine from the IRS and later inflating his income on bank loan applications in 2018.

Prosecutors have said the work in Ukraine was on behalf of politicians who were closely aligned with Russia, though Manafort has insisted his work helped those politicians distance themselves from Russia and align with the West.

After his conviction, Manafort pleaded guilty to separate charges in the District of Columbia related to illegal lobbying. He still faces up to five years in prison on each of two counts to which he pleaded guilty. 

In the District case, prosecutors say Manafort failed to live up to the terms of his plea bargain by providing false information to investigators in interviews.

In the Virginia case, neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys recommended a specific term to the judge in their sentencing memoranda.

Manafort's lawyers had sought a sentence significantly below the guidelines, based on a number of factors.

First, they say Manafort has suffered serious health problems since he has been incarcerated, mostly in solitary confinement, at the Alexandria jail where he awaited his sentence. They say he has developed gout and suffers debilitating foot pain as a result, and that he is experiencing feelings of claustrophobia and isolation.

Attorneys also complained that Manafort was unfairly snared by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Russia meddled on Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Defense lawyers have also cited the fact that Manafort has forfeited millions of dollars in cash and property as a result of his convictions, and has also suffered public shame as a result of his high-profile prosecution.

Government lawyers countered that Manafort's millions were built on a criminal enterprise in which he hid tens of millions of dollars in foreign income and failed to pay more than $6 million in taxes.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)