Manafort hit with $3M DOJ lawsuit for hiding more than 20 foreign bank accounts despite Trump pardon

The scope of Paul Manafort’s pardon by former President Donald Trump will be put to the test after the Justice Department files a lawsuit alleging that out-of-prison sentences are not covered.

β€œThe Justice Department is suing Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, for nearly $3 million in fines related to his alleged failure to file reports on more than 20 bank accounts he managed abroad, including Cyprus, the United Kingdom and St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Politico reported on Thursday.

In his 2018 trial, the jury was stranded on charges of Manafort failing to file a foreign bank account report in 2013 and 2014, though it convicted him in 2012 of the same charge. The Justice Department now states that the pardon applies to the year 2012 β€” for which he was sentenced β€” but not 2013 and 2014.

“A lawyer for Manafort expressed disappointment at the Justice Department’s decision to file the case, which was brought near Manafort’s legal residence in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida,” Politico reported. Manafort told Politico earlier this month that he planned to return to work soon and do what he called ‘general business advice’.

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