Tax fraud, that’s how they got Capone.
Courtesy of Bloomberg:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors are walking the jury in the trial of Paul Manafort through records to back their claim that the former Trump campaign chairman deceived his own financial advisers to hide his foreign accounts and income from U.S. tax authorities.
Manafort’s accounting firm agreed to falsify his tax returns because he couldn’t afford his tax bill, according to a witness who testified with a grant of immunity because she feared prosecution.
Cindy Laporta told jurors that Manafort’s right-hand man, Rick Gates, proposed altering the amount of a loan listed on their company’s books in September 2015 so that Manafort would pay less in taxes. Gates said that Manafort needed the change because he couldn’t afford to pay the amount he owed, Laporta said.
“He was trying to reduce income and therefore taxes,” Laporta told jurors in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. “It was inappropriate.”
Laporta, who works at Kositzka Wicks & Co. in Alexandria, said she and another employee at the firm agreed to make the change.
“It resulted in a tax amount that Rick said could be paid,’’ Laporta testified.
I have no doubt that the Mueller team has adequate evidence to make this allegation stick, which means that Manafort is well and truly fucked.
He is definitely going to regret not taking that plea deal and flipping on Trump.