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Manafort forfeits Trump Tower apartment in plea deal

The Hill logo The Hill 9/14/2018 Tal Axelrod
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to forfeit his apartment in Trump Tower instead of one his bank accounts in his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Overall, Manafort forfeited five properties, three bank accounts and a life insurance policy.

The forfeitures are part of an agreement to plea guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by witness tampering.

Manafort must also cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with the Justice Department in any and all matters that the government finds his cooperation to be relevant.

The sentencing guidelines outlined in the plea indicate Manafort could face between 17 and almost 22 years in prison for the crimes and pay a fine of $42,400. However, Judge Amy But Berman said the statutory guidelines cap the sentence at five years for each count.

Prosecutors allege that Manafort illegally lobbied on behalf of the Ukrainian government after failing to register as a foreign agent and laundered over $30 million from his business and evaded over $15 million in taxes.

Manafort had previously been found guilty of eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges last month in a trial in Virginia. The plea deal also applies to 10 additional counts on which that jury could not reach a consensus.

The guilty plea also heads off a second trial that would have taken place in Washington.

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