Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison in Fraud Case

Paul Manafort Donald Trump's campaign team chief sentenced to 47 months in prison

Paul Manafort Donald Trump's campaign team chief sentenced to 47 months in prison

A jury past year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine.

While he faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in the Washington case, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson potentially could stack that on top of the sentence imposed in the Virginia case, rather than allowing the sentences to run concurrently.

Prosecutors working for Robert Mueller had recommended that Manafort receive a sentence of between 19-and-a-half to 24 years in prison for the 8 felony convictions that he received back in August of last year. Nevertheless, Ellis said that aside from his crimes, Manafort has led an "otherwise blameless life" and that he had a good relationship with others.

Manafort, 69, addressed the court on Thursday evening in Alexandria, Virginia, saying "the last two years have been the most hard of my life".

Manafort faces sentencing in a separate case in Washington on March 13 on two conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty last September.

Manafort, his black hair gone gray, appeared in court in a green prison jumpsuit and remained seated in a wheelchair.

Judge Ellis said he was surprised that Manafort did not "express regret for engaging in wrongful conduct". Federal prosecutors say Manafort "blames everyone" but himself for his crimes and shows no remorse for his actions.

"The question was asked yesterday about pardons, with respect to Paul Manafort, who - it's very sad what's happened to Paul, the way he's bring treated, I've never seen anybody treated so poorly - but the question was asked to me by the New York Post and I said no, I have not offered any pardons", said the president. "My life -personally and professionally-is in shambles".

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for a hearing at the E. Barrett Prettyman US Courthouse on 23 May 2018 in Washington, DC.

Manafort's decisions, Mueller's team said, "were his own and his efforts at misdirection are further proof that he has not accepted responsibility for his criminal conduct".

At the outset of the hearing, Ellis addressed the larger special counsel investigation, saying Manafort was not convicted "for anything to do with Russian colluding in the presidential election".

During Manafort's trial, much of the damaging testimony against him was provided by his former deputy Rick Gates, who is awaiting sentencing after reaching a plea agreement with the Special Counsel's office.

Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could be set to receive a decades-long prison sentence for tax and bank fraud.

The trial highlighted that Manafort pushed unsuccessfully for an executive at one of those banks get position in President Trump's Cabinet. But prosecutor Greg Andres argued that those details weren't relevant in the Virginia matter because Manafort chose to fight the Virginia case and because a federal judge in D.C. found that Manafort lied after he had agreed to cooperate with the government.

He has used his presentencing court filings to ask Ellis for leniency and to argue that he is sorry, with the hope that his sentence will be light and he can live abiding by the law if he is released.

He is due to be sentenced in another case next week related to his illegal lobbying.

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