Rick Gates testifies he committed crimes while working for Paul Manafort

Gates testifies he and Manafort committed crimes

Paul Manafort's former business partner, Rick Gates, took the witness stand on Monday for what may be the most critical testimony in Manafort's bank and tax fraud trial.

Gates is considered the prosecution's star witness given his deep ties to Manafort and his past work on the Trump campaign.

According to multiple news outlets, Gates was asked on Monday if he was involved in criminal activity when working with Manafort.

Asonye followed up by asking, "Did you commit any crimes with Mr. Manafort?" Gates said he did not submit the required forms "at Mr. Manafort's direction".

Some of the maneuvers were at the request of Gates, while others implicated Manafort, Laporta testified.

Rick Gates has been regarded as a crucial government witness ever since he pleaded guilty a year ago and agreed to cooperate in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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The testimony comes hours after Manafort's defense attorneys accused Gates of embezzling as they sought to paint Gates as an untrustworthy witness.

Among the crimes Gates testified to doing with Manafort include: knowingly hiding 15 foreign accounts from the government; stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort by filing false expense reports, which were paid from Manafort's offshore accounts; and filing false tax returns, in which the men under-reported their income, created fake loans and failed to disclose their foreign accounts. Gates says the goal of the fraud was to lower Manafort's tax bill and allow him to defer payment on the income until later years. Another special counsel prosecutor, Greg Andres, later clarified that prosecutors had "every intention" of calling Gates to the stand.

"Rick Gates had his hand in the cookie jar and couldn't let his boss find out", Manafort defense attorney Thomas Zehnle said during opening arguments.

In court on Monday, Gates testified that he did steal from Manafort. It's the first of Mueller's prosecutions to reach a jury, but lawyers have made no mention of President Donald Trump or possible campaign coordination with the Kremlin.

The jury had heard testimony on Friday and Monday from accountant Cynthia Laporta, who described how Manafort and Gates doctored financial statements and backdated loans.

Under cross examination, she said at the time she believed Manafort was directing Gates' actions and "knew what was going on".

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