Paul Manafort was convicted guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud in August 2018, but President Donald Trump eventually pardoned him notwithstanding the verdict.
The United States Department of Justice has filed a $3 million lawsuit against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, accusing him of failing to report his financial interests in offshore accounts in a timely way.
Manafort was convicted guilty of tax evasion and bank fraud in August 2018 by a jury; nevertheless, President Trump pardoned him soon before he left office in 2020, less than a year after he was found guilty.
Following the filing on Thursday, “the United States of America files this action to order the recovery of unpaid civil penalties imposed against Defendant Paul J. Manafort for his intentional failure to timely register his financial interest in overseas bank accounts,” according to a Justice Department statement.
$2,976,350.15 is the amount requested by the Department of Justice.
In the words of Jeffrey Neiman, the attorney for Manafort, the government was trying to portray his client in a poor way. Manafort, he claims, is being punished by the government “for merely not submitting a tax form.”