Here's where the government says Manafort's money went to support a 'lavish lifestyle'

Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits the District Courthouse after a motion hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, May 4, 2018.
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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits the District Courthouse after a motion hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, on Friday, May 4, 2018.

At the heart of the government's case against Paul Manafort are allegations that President Donald Trump's former campaign boss laundered tens of millions of dollars in foreign payments and used this "hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income," according to the indictment.

Those charges by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller include a detailed look at just how lavish Manfort's lifestyle was, according to the indictment.

Manafort, 69, faces 18 criminal counts, which center on allegations that he hid much of the $60 million he earned in Ukraine in undisclosed overseas bank accounts and failed to pay taxes on it.

In laying out the alleged scheme, Mueller's office listed more than 200 transactions involving payments from shell companies and offshore accounts in Cyprus and the Grenadines to unnamed vendors in New York, Virginia, South Carolina, California and Florida.

The payments allegedly included tens of millions of dollars on home improvements, including $934,350 spent at an antique rug store in Alexandria, Virginia, and $623,910 paid to an antique dealer in New York. The list includes alleged payments of $849,215 at a men's clothing store in New York, $520,440 at a clothing store in Beverly Hills, California, and payments of $163,705 for three Range Rovers and a $62,750 Mercedes Benz.

Manafort also allegedly used offshore accounts to buy real estate, including $2.85 million for a condo in New York's SoHo neighborhood and a Brooklyn brownstone that cost $3 million.

Prosecutors also accuse him of lying to U.S. banks to obtain real estate loans in a bid to maintain a lavish lifestyle after his client, former pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, fell from power in 2014 and the money stopped.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The indictment against Manafort also alleges that he acted as an unregistered agent of the government of Ukraine and of the political party of Yanukovych, who was president from 2010 to 2014.

Other counts against Manafort included allegedly making false and misleading statements, and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. Despite the detailed money laundering allegations, there were no claims of Russian involvement in the election.

Three other aides, including longtime Manafort business partner Rick Gates, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller's probe. Trump has vacillated between showing sympathy for Manafort and trying to distance himself. Manafort ran Trump's presidential campaign for three months and attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians that is a focal point of Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin.

The tax and bank fraud trial in a Virginia federal court will be the first test of Mueller's ability to win a conviction of a former Trump aide. A Manafort conviction would give momentum to Mueller, who has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies since the investigation started 14 months ago. An acquittal would support efforts by Trump and his allies to portray the probe as a "witch hunt" and waste of time and resources. Trump denies any collusion.

While prosecutors have said they will not present evidence of collusion at this trial, they are seeking to provide details of Manafort's work in Ukraine, raising the possibility that new information about his Russian connections could emerge. Manafort has filed a motion to have details of that work excluded from trial.

The Virginia trial will be followed by a second one in Washington in September in which Manafort is charged with money laundering, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

— Reuters contributed to this story.

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