Mueller says Paul Manafort should serve 19-24 years in prison.
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
PAUL J. MANAFORT, JR.,
Crim. No. 1:18-cr-83 (TSE)
THE GOVERNMENT'S SENTENCING MEMORANDUM
The United States of America, by and through Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III,
files this submission to address the sentencing of defendant Paul J. Manafort, Jr.
As an initial matter, the government agrees with the guidelines analysis in the
Presentence Investigation Report (PSR) and its calculation of the defendant's Total Offense
Level as 38 with a corresponding range of imprisonment of 235 to 293 months, a fine range of
$50,000 to $24,371,497.74, a term of supervised release of up to five years, restitution in the
amount of $24,815,108.74, and forfeiture in the amount of $4,412,500.
Second, while the government does not take a position as to the specific sentence to be
imposed here, the government sets forth below its assessment of the nature of the offenses and
the characteristics of the defendant under Title 18, United States Code, Section 3553(a). The
defendant stands convicted of the serious crimes of tax fraud, bank fraud, and failing to file a
foreign bank account report. Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each
offense. And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing
ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant's crimes, the duration of his
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criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes.1 Together with the relevant criminal
conduct, Manafort's misconduct involved more than $16 million in unreported income resulting
in more than $6 million in federal taxes owed, more than $55 million hidden in foreign bank
accounts, and more than $25 million secured from financial institutions