The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit on Thursday against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for approximately $3 million for failing to timely declare his financial interests in foreign accounts.
In 2018, Manafort pleaded guilty for count of conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, tax evasion, failure to file foreign bank account reports and violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, lying to the Department of Justice and tampering with witnesses. He was sentenced to 73 months in prison, but former President Trump pardoned him in December 2020.
On Thursday, the DOJ filed suit against Manafort in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. According to the filing, Manafort failed to report his interest in 22 different foreign accounts on his federal tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014. These accounts had an aggregate maximum balance in 2013 and 2014 that exceeded $10,000, which meant that he was also required to declare his interests in a Report on foreign bank and financial accounts. He failed to do so.
According to Manafort’s attorney, Jeff Neiman, Manafort was “aware of The government was going to press charges because it tried for months to resolve this civil matter. Nevertheless, the government insisted on filing this complaint simply to embarrass Mr. Manafort.
The DOJ is seeking to “collect outstanding civil penalties” for Manafort’s “willful failure to timely report its financial interests in foreign bank accounts” under 31 U.S.C § 5314. The DOJ is also seeking accrued interest on penalties and late penalties under 31 USC § 3717. .