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New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby toucana on February 23rd, 2018, 8:13 pm 

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Paul Manafort the former chair of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign has been charged with new superseding indictments alleging further counts of bribery and illegal lobbying within USA.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-trump-campaign-aide-rick-gates-set-plead-guilty-n849256

The new indictments were unsealed late on Friday afternoon after Manafort associate Rick Gates who was the former deputy chair of the Trump campaign pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges against USA as part of a plea deal with Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The new charges against Paul Manafort raise the total number of indictments against him from 12 to 32. They include allegations that he secretly recruited and funded a group of former VIP European politicians informally known as the ‘Hapsburg Group’ to lobby in the United States on behalf of Ukraine in 2012 and 2013 while posing as independent spokesmen.

Manafort is said to have paid the politicians €2 million from secret offshore accounts to lobby members of Congress and other US officials without informing the Justice Department.

Paul Manafort is also said to have used $4 million from another offshore account to fund a specious report on the trial of Ukranian PM Yulia Timoshenko who was jailed after narrowly losing an election to the Putin sponsored candidate Viktor Yanukovych. A lawyer involved in the report - Alex van der Zwaan - pleaded guilty to lying to investigators earlier this week.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/23/politics/manafort-mueller/index.html

The filings against Rick Gates disclose that he initially attempted to mislead prosecutors during his proffer negotiations on the subject of his private discussions about Ukraine with another US political figure now identified as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
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Re: New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby toucana on February 24th, 2018, 4:00 am 

One of the grimly funnier aspects of the latest round of indictments filed against Paul Manafort is that he and his associate Rick Gates inadvertently created a compelling paper trail for investigators to follow while trying to figure out how to convert PDFs into Word documents and vice versa.

https://mashable.com/2018/02/23/manaford-fraud-word-doc-pdf/#kHXevgMpe8qZ

According to mashable.com, a Washington DC attorney named Susan Simpson spotted a passage in the court documents which indicates that Paul Manafort wanted to forge a P&L (profit and loss) statement for a fraudulent bank loan application, but couldn't figure out how to edit a PDF.

Manafort bounced the PDF over to Rick Gates and asked him to change it into a Word document which he did. But having edited the P&L statement from a $600,000 loss into a $4 million profit, Manafort then couldn't figure out how to convert it back into a PDF, so he bounced it over to Gates once more, who reformatted and emailed it back to his boss again.

Mueller's investigators also discovered that Paul Manafort's favourite password was Bond007.
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Re: New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby zetreque on February 24th, 2018, 2:32 pm 

toucana » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:00 am wrote:One of the grimly funnier aspects of the latest round of indictments filed against Paul Manafort is that he and his associate Rick Gates inadvertently created a compelling paper trail for investigators to follow while trying to figure out how to convert PDFs into Word documents and vice versa.
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I recall a thread on this forum about pdf converting software.
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Re: New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby zetreque on February 24th, 2018, 2:43 pm 

Maybe Dave_Oblad Faradave and the rest of us inadvertently helped the Russian spies. :o

http://www.sciencechatforum.com/viewtop ... 15&t=28226
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Re: New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby Watson on February 24th, 2018, 2:52 pm 

Welcome comrades.


....just in case?
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Re: New Bribery Indictments Against Paul Manafort

Postby TheVat on February 24th, 2018, 5:54 pm 

Try the pirozhki! Chorosha!
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