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Paul Manafort once spent $15,000 on an ostrich jacket, prosecutors say

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Former
Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort wearing a different jacket
in 2017.

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  • Prosecutors detailed new information about Paul
    Manafort’s income and spending in opening statements on
    Tuesday.
  • The former Trump campaign chairman’s trial is the first
    to stem from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia
    investigation.
  • The indictment against Manafort detailed his “lavish”
    spending. He has pleaded not guilty, and stands charged with 18
    counts, including tax fraud, bank fraud, and money
    laundering.

Paul Manafort spent thousands on his menswear collection,
including a $15,000 purchase of a jacket “made from an ostrich,”
prosecutors revealed in opening statements in his high-profile trial on Tuesday.

Assistant US Attorney Uzo Asonye told a jury of six men and
six women that Manafort funneled tens of millions of dollars into
offshore accounts in a multi-million-dollar conspiracy to evade
US tax and banking laws.

Asonye detailed new information about Manafort’s income and
spending
, saying that he used his offshore accounts to pay
for personal purchases — including a $21,000 watch and a
$15,000 jacket made of ostrich.

Manafort also spent $6 million cash on real estate, the

Associated Press
reported, including a $2 million
property a “stone’s throw” away from the courthouse in
Alexandria, Virginia, Asonye said, according to
MailOnline
.

“A man in this courtroom believed the law did not apply to him —
not tax law, not banking law,” Asonye told the jury.

Prosecutors intend to argue that Manafort moved more than $60
million from Ukrainian political consulting into offshore bank
accounts. The government claims that Manafort hid a “significant”
amount of the funds from the IRS.

Manafort’s attorney has argued that his client never intended to
deceive US authorities about his income or bank accounts.
Manafort is pleading not guilty in the case.

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman’s trial is the
first to stem from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia
investigation.

Asonye’s comments were the first made in the bank fraud and tax
evasion trial, which kicked off Tuesday and is expected to last
several weeks.

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