Mueller Just Slapped Manafort With Additional Charges After Uncovering New Evidence: Report
Paul Manafort’s legal troubles just got a lot worse. Several news outlets reported Friday night that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has found new evidence that the former Trump campaign chairman committed bank fraud not addressed by the indictment last October in which he was charged with money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent.
The filing by Mueller’s office says Manafort obtained a mortgage using “doctored profit and loss statements” overstating “by millions of dollars” the income for his consulting company, DMP International, Politico reports.
Prosecutors appear to be referring to a $9.5 million mortgage that Federal Savings Bank of Chicago extended in late 2016 to a Manafort-linked firm, Summerbreeze LLC. Prosecutors also suggested that someone beyond Manafort was involved in the alleged fraud, but no further details were given.
Defense attorneys for Manafort did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday. Lawyers and the defendants are under a gag order imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, limiting their out-of-court statements about the case.
Last year, investigators from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman conducted an investigation in loans that Manafort obtained in connection with various real estate transactions, including mortgages issued by Federal Savings Bank, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also noted that the bank’s chairman, Stephen Calk, was an economic adviser to the Trump campaign.
Manafort has been under house arrest at his condominium in Alexandria, Virginia, since he was indicted in October along with Rick Gates, a business partner and Trump campaign deputy.