Paul Manafort guilty on eight of 18 charges

The government alleged Manafort "hid income from foreign consulting from the IRS" and later "lied to banks to qualify for loans to sustain his lavish lifestyle."

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On Tuesday, a federal jury found Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for Donald Trump, guilty on counts of tax and bank fraud. Jurors in the case were in deliberation since Thursday after hearing two weeks worth of evidence and testimony and urged to reach a consensus on all 18 charges.

The government alleged Manafort “hid income from foreign consulting from the IRS” and later “lied to banks to qualify for loans to sustain his lavish lifestyle,” NPR reported.

But turn to today, and the jury was only able to agree on eight of the 18 charges. Judge T.S. Ellis III declared a mistrial on the other 10 counts, NPR reported. The Justice Department has until Aug. 29 to notify the judge if it would like to retry Manafort.

A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled, but Manafort is expected to remain in custody through his next trial in Washington, D.C. in September in a separate federal case in which he was charged with conspiracy and failing to register as a foreign agent, NPR reported.

Neither the prosecution or Manafort’s defense team made a statement after the verdict came in.

 

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