Mueller wants Manafort to serve up to 24 years in prison

Mueller wants Manafort to serve up to 24 years in prison

On Friday, Prosecutors for the Special Cousel urged a federal judge in Virginia to impose a strict prison sentence for Trump’s former campaign chairman.

Last year the 69-year-old was convicted by a jury on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

None of the charges Manafort faced related directly to Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

In their sentencing memo, prosecutors said Paul Manafort deserves between 19.6 and 24.4 years in prison and a fine of between $50,000 and $24 million.

Friday’s court filing came just days after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that Paul Manafort had breached his plea agreement in a parallel case by lying to investigators despite a pledge to cooperate.

In the Virginia case, prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding from U.S. tax authorities $16 million he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.

Later, when his lobbying work started to dry up following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, prosecutors said Manafort began lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans to keep his lifestyle afloat.

After almost four days of deliberations, a 12-member jury found Manafort guilty on two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud and one charge of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

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