Witness Admits To Filing Presumed False Tax Returns For Manafort

1531416683549In a major building block for the prosecution of former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort, prosecutors put on the stand his accountant who demanded a grant of immunity because he admitted to filing returns for Manafort that he believed to be fraudulent.  All however did not go as well for the prosecutors after the judge again lashed out at prosecutors of their effort to use Manafort’s opulent lifestyle to poison the jury.

Cindy Laporta, an accountant with Kositzka Wicks & Co.,  admitted that she doubted the truth of the tax filings but filed them anyway.  She was suspicious of money transferred into the international political consulting business that Manafort and his aide Rich Gates.  She specifically treated the money as $2.4 million loans from offshore businesses. Neither Manafort nor Gates would give her proof that these were actual loans.  She also was allegedly told by Gates to reduce Manafort’s income so he could pay his taxes by not counting his loans.

The push back on prosecutors came with the testimony of another accountant, J. Philip Ayliff, also Kositzka, Wicks and Co.  Surprisingly, this was reportedly an unnoticed expert witness who was then asked to given expert testimony.  Judge T.S. Ellis caught off the questioning.  After a long discussed at the bench, it was decided the question would wait to be addressed later.  However, U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye asked about another term of art contained on federal tax forms. That is another question that would normally go to an expert witness.  Ellis promptly declared that the court would recess early. Ellis explained that there was prior agreement on the meaning of the term and again this was not a properly noticed witness.

Even with the tension between the prosecutors and the court, it was still a bad day for Manafort.

386 thoughts on “Witness Admits To Filing Presumed False Tax Returns For Manafort”

  1. The New King of America:

    Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia.

    He not only definitively adjudicates, he legislates and he executes.

    Does anyone know; did the Founders put and “IMPEACHMENT” clause in the Constitution?

    Does Congress know that it has the ultimately authority in the Constitution?

    Why has Congress not terminated the abuse of power and usurpation of King Bates and his allied communists in the judicial branch?

    The incoherent and hysterical environment in America engendered by Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) and demonstrated by

    the mindless decision on the wholly unconstitutional DACA by King Bates, must be corrected employing Article 2, Section 4,

    Impeachment for crimes of high office.

  2. Dang it, I wasn’t trying to be cruel to Poor Hollywood, The Verbose Commenter, but Allan planted the seed in my mind, and then I couldn’t tamp down Erato, the Muse of Poetry, and then Sarkazanos, the Muse of Sarcasm went to work on me, and well. . . here it is, another cruel Irish Poem from me.

    Running On. Empty???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Poor Hollywood galloped like Gish. . .
    And got hung out to dry like a fish!
    His “logic” verbose,
    Didn’t even come close,
    And his arguments met with a SQUISH!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    PS: Now, get thee hence, Muses, and let me return to my reveries. . .

    1. “His arguments met with a squish
      But from res ipsa poet, a real Dish!
      Her poetry clever, as her every endeavor,
      Squeek’s impeccable taste is deelish!”

        1. LOL ..Thank you, Squeeky………only when I’m inspired.
          You are the reigning Poet Laureate ’round these parts.

              1. Okay is a fan of Infowars, which is to say he’s a nutcase.

                Are you similarly afflicted Cindy?

            1. “You cain’t place a spy just to find one.”

              “No Smokin’ Gun” – The Deplorable Choir

              Lisa Page to Peter Strzok,”…POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.”

              Lisa Page to Congress, “…the texts mean what the texts say.”

              The Obama Coup D’etat in America:

              Rosenstein, Mueller, Comey, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Kadzic, Yates, Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Steele, Simpson, Hillary, Huma,

              Lynch, Brennan, Clapper, Kerry, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Power, Farkas, Rice, Obama et al.

    2. There once was a girl named Squeeky,
      Who thought she was very cheeky.
      She inhaled alt-right crack
      Which made her the most wack.
      That’s why she’s so sick and freaky.

      1. Nice try, but you need to work on your rhythm. Plus, I always try to put a word play title on mine as a bonus. Sooo, let me give you a title, and then rewrite your poem a little, sooo that it flows better. Don’t be discouraged. because a poet has to work on stuff like this. Just keep trying, OK? Anyway:

        A Lass, and A Lack???
        A Collaborative Irish Poem

        There once was a strumpet named Squeeky,
        Who aimed for results that were “cheeky.”
        Alas, alt-right crack
        Made her poetry wack!
        And she came off as mental and freaky!

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Hollywood, I hope you give a big thank you to Squeeky for taking the time to show you how poetry is created.

      2. hollywood – Squeeky is not alt-right, she is more Independent. Yes, she is sick (awesome) and freaky (far out). You need to work on your rhyme scheme.

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