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The US Justice Department Has Filed a $3 Million Lawsuit Against Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort

The US Justice Department is suing Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, for under $3 million for failing to register his financial interest in offshore accounts on time.

Trump pardoned Manafort in 2020, shortly before he left office after he was convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud in 2018.

In a filing with the United States District Court in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Justice Department stated, “The United States of America brings this action to collect outstanding civil penalties assessed against Defendant Paul J. Manafort for his willful failure to timely report his financial interest in foreign bank accounts.”

The Justice Department announced that it was seeking $2,976,350.15 in damages.

The government is pursuing a monetary penalty against Manafort “for merely failing to file a tax form,” according to Manafort’s lawyer, Jeffrey Neiman.

“Because he had tried for months to resolve this civil case, Mr. Manafort was aware that the government was preparing to launch the litigation. Nonetheless, the government continued bringing this case against Mr. Manafort to embarrass him, “According to Neiman.

Prosecutors accused Manafort of hiding $16 million he earned as a political consultant for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine from US tax authorities to fund an opulent lifestyle, then lying to banks to secure $20 million in loans when his Ukrainian income dried up and he needed cash in a 2018 conviction on financial wrongdoing charges.

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