Manafort sentenced to less than 4 years in prison

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced Thursday to 47 months in prison by a federal judge in Virginia on tax and bank fraud charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The judge spoke favorably of Manafort, 69, prior to announcing his decision, saying that he has lived an “otherwise blameless life.”

Manafort for years hid millions from U.S. tax authorities in overseas accounts, spending the money to maintain a lavish lifestyle and lying to banks to generate more cash, prosecutors said.

Mr. Manafort was a prime target for Mr. Mueller, who is believed to be winding down his 22-month investigation and is expected to deliver a report soon to Attorney General William P. Barr. While the prosecutions against Mr. Manafort did not involve his five months of work for the Trump campaign, prosecutors clearly hoped for the collateral benefit of winning his cooperation with the Russia inquiry.

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