Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed an indictment charging Paul Manafort and Richard Gates with various offenses including a money laundering conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956(h). The conspiracy charge alleges that the defendants conspired to commit international promotion money laundering (1956(a)(2)(A)) with the intent to promote a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which is a “specified unlawful activity” (SUA) for money laundering. It also charges that the defendants conspired to commit domestic money laundering with the intent to commit a tax offense (1956(a)(1)(A)(ii)) and knowing that the purpose of the transaction was to conceal or disguise SUA proceeds (1956(a)(1)(B)(i)).
The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of several parcels of real property and a life insurance policy as property involved in the money laundering conspiracy (18 USC 982(a)(1)) and as the proceeds of the FARA offenses (981(a)(1)(C)).
The indictment is attached.