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Paul Manafort could live out his days in prison

Paul Manafort could live out his days in prison

In this June 21, 2017 photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort "faces the very real possibility" of a lifetime prison sentence, according to a federal court order reviewed by Fox News Tuesday.

While Ellis did not mandate Manafort forfeit any assets, Ellis did order that the defendant agree to and sign a pledge to pay a $10 million unsecured bond if he misses a court appearance.

Late last month, Manafort pleaded not guilty to a separate five-count revised indictment filed by the special counsel team in Washington, D.C., federal court.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to the charges - which include tax and bank fraud - during his arraignment in Virginia last week.

The conditions, more restrictive than a parallel set of orders imposed by a D.C. federal judge in a related conspiracy case there, are "necessary because the defendant is a person of great wealth who has the financial means and worldwide connections to flee and remain at large, as well as every incentive to do so", Ellis wrote in the four-page order.

The Virginia judge's order Tuesday specified he should not drink excessively or use drugs that aren't prescribed to him, and that he's effectively on a "24-hour-a-day lock-down". Ellis ordered a $10 million unsecured bond and home confinement with Global Positioning System monitoring. He has been ordered to wear two Global Positioning System monitoring anklets, or bracelets-one from each court house, and is confined to his house, with exceptions of medical emergencies, doctor appointments court dates, meetings with legal representation or religious worship.

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He faces eighteen counts of tax fraud, bank fraud, and bank fraud conspiracy at a federal trial court in Alexandria, Va., and twelve counts of money laundering, conspiracy against the United States, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) at the federal trial court in Washington, D.C.

Manafort also faces a related September trial in Washington involving his work for a pro-Russia political faction in Ukraine.

While Gates entered a guilty plea with Mueller last month, Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Manafort faces a maximum of 305 years in prison if found guilty on all charges in Virginia.

Mueller's most recent indictment document alleges that Manafort, together with his long-time business partner and deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, set up offshore bank accounts that they then failed to disclose to the proper authorities, and laundered over $75 million through these accounts. "For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise".

Politico first reported on the new filing, dated Friday.


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