Mueller to file sentencing memo in Manafort case

Mueller to file sentencing memo in Manafort case

Mueller to file sentencing memo in Manafort case

The likelihood that former Trump campaign chairman and convicted felon Paul Manafort, 69, will spend the rest of his days in prison increased on Friday, as it was revealed that NY state prosecutors have built a criminal case against him in the event that the president attempts to grant him a pardon for federal crimes.

Manafort has been convicted of eight felonies and pleaded guilty to two more.

Manafort is scheduled to be charged next month in cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller and could face up to 25 years in prison.

Manafort is now facing the prospect of decades in prison as he awaits his sentencing next month for an array of crimes including bank fraud and conspiracy.

If former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been lying to prosecutors in the hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump, he will be in for a nasty surprise should such an event ever come to pass. What's been going on in the Southern District of NY and now, apparently, the Manhattan DA's office has been the real threat all along. But the charges would have to be different from those the special counsel brought against Manafort in order to avoid double jeopardy laws.

Bloomberg says that Vance's prosecutors have found evidence of "evasion of NY taxes and violations of state laws requiring companies to keep accurate books and records", although there is some worry that some of these charges could overlap with charges leveled by Mueller, which could constitute double jeopardy.

Though Manafort cut a plea deal with Mueller, prosecutors aren't expected to recommend leniency because they say he lied to investigators after agreeing to cooperate.

Among the state criminal charges that Manafort could face are tax evasion and violating laws related to proper records of accounting, according to Bloomberg, which cited an unnamed source familiar with the investigation. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison.

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