Trump ex-aide Manafort gets 47-month jail term for fraud

Mar 08, 2019, 4:49 AM EST
Paul Manafort faces sentencing in another case next week over illegal lobbying.
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A U.S. court has sentenced President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison for financial crimes that involved tax fraud, bank fraud, and hiding millions of dollars of income from political consultation to Ukraine.

The jail term falls far short of federal sentencing guidelines that recommend between 19-and-half and 24 years in prison for such offenses, writes Reuters. The judge also slapped a fine of $50,000 on Manafort in addition to directing a restitution of just over $24 million.

The conviction and sentencing marks a dramatic fall from grace for Manafort, who has worked closely with four U.S. Presidents, notes the BBC. Notably, the charges against Manafort emerged from the Russia election interference probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but the ex-Trump aide has come clean on the alleged collusion front. Manafort faces sentencing in another case next week over illegal lobbying.

 

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