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Manafort Sure Spent Money But Were Those His Offshore Accounts?

  • In trial’s 2nd week, Mueller must show Manafort owned accounts
  • Gates, accountant expected to face withering cross-examination
Paul Manafort
Paul ManafortPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Jurors in the Paul Manafort fraud trial may have come away from the first week of testimony with a vivid impression of him as a man who spent vast sums on luxurious houses, landscaping, and clothes, and who gave lenders phony documents as he grew desperate for cash.

But prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who charged Manafort with bank and tax fraud, hadn’t provided much direct evidence through Friday to back their claims that he controlled the foreign shell companies that funded those purchases. Prosecutors accused Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, of failing to report those accounts on his tax returns or file required reports with the U.S. Treasury Department.