Manafort to post $11.7M in property for bail

Published on Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:24
Written by Bloomberg

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman to Donald Trump accused of money laundering, reached a new bail agreement with prosecutors in which he would forfeit four properties worth $11.7 million if he fails to appear in court.

Under a deal made public Thursday, Manafort would be released from electronic monitoring and home confinement in Alexandria, Virginia. He could travel among Florida, New York and Virginia, where he has homes, and Washington D.C., where he must make court appearances.

Manafort, an international political consultant, has surrendered his passports and agreed he won’t travel overseas. Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreed to the bail terms, which need the approval of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, according to a filing by Manafort’s lawyers. Manafort’s wife and daughter also agreed to secure his bail package.

“Simply put, Mr. Manafort’s family would face severe economic consequences if he were not to appear as required,” according to the filing by his attorneys, Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle.

Manafort and a business associate, Rick Gates, are accused in an Oct. 27 indictment of lying to U.S. authorities about their work in Ukraine, laundering millions of dollars and hiding offshore accounts. Both pleaded not guilty on Oct. 30.

The four properties that Manafort and his family are posting have an assessed value of $22.2 million and mortgages of $10.5 million, according to the filings. Manafort previously agreed to an unsecured bail package of $10 million.

The filings included deeds, mortgages and valuations for four properties: an eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house in Bridgehampton, New York, assessed at $13.5 million, with a $9.5 million mortgage; a condominium in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood with an assessed value of $4.7 million and a mortgage of $1 million; a $2.7 million condo in Alexandria that is pledged as collateral on the Bridgehampton property; and a $1.25 million home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:24. Updated: Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:26.