Special counsel brings new charges against Manafort, Gates

Gates and Manafort were indicted previous year on charges that they conspired to launder millions of dollars and directed a covert Washington lobbying campaign on behalf of pro-Russian Ukrainian interests.

"Manafort and Gates fraudulently secured more than twenty million dollars in loans by falsely inflating Manafort's and his company's income and by failing to disclose existing debt in order to qualify for the loans", the indictment says.

The attorney, Alex van der Zwaan, the son-in-law of one of Russia's richest men, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to a charge of lying to the Special Counsel's office.

Numerous allegations in the new counts of bank fraud are described in the original indictment. These are small island nations where local laws make it easy to park money. In September 2012, he also provided Gates with talking points for use in a public relations campaign.

They were able to defraud banks because of the tens of millions of dollars they earned doing Ukrainian political work and lobbying from 2006 until 2015, the prosecutors allege. But Manafort told his accountant, according to the indictment, that he meant to use the loan to pay off other debts - a violation of the loan terms. There had been speculation that Gates was going to plead guilty in that case.

Manafort and Gates were hit with a 12-count indictment in October - the first criminal charges in Mueller's probe of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

The latest development follows a flurry of indictments handed down form the special counsel's office, including another indictment on Tuesday issued against Alex Van Der Zwaan, who was charged with lying to both the special counsel's office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents regarding his communications with Gates.

Nunberg was an aide to the Trump campaign until he was sacked in 2015 for allegedly posting racist comments on social media. The lawsuit was settled in August 2016 and the one-page filing in a NY court did not provide details of the terms.

Zwaan admitted that false statements were made about the timing of the last communication made with Gates and another person, termed "Person A". Manafort suspect that he promised Kalka, President of the Bank, Federal Savings Bank, work in the White house in exchange for housing loans in the amount of $16 million According to the channel, Manafort received from the Federal Savings Bank three loans in the period from late 2016 to early 2017.

On 15 February, Mr Gates finalised a plea deal with Mr Mueller's office, indicating he will co-operate in the election investigation.

  • David Armstrong