What are the charges against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates?

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort's business associate Rick Gates face decades in prison and millions of dollars in potential fines if convicted on all counts in a sprawling federal indictment.

Manafort potentially faces up to 80 years in prison, according to a review of the federal charges and the relevant statutes by the Associated Press.

Gates, who also worked for the Trump campaign, faces up to 70 years.

Prosecutors could still file additional charges against the pair. If convicted at trial, the law gives federal judges wide latitude in imposing prison sentences and fines.

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort leaves his home in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Here is a summary of the charges in the 31-page indictment and the potential penalties:

COUNT ONE: Conspiracy Against the United States

Both men are charged with conspiring together and with others to knowingly and intentionally defraud and commit crimes against the United States between 2006 and 2017. If found guilty, each potentially faces up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT TWO: Conspiracy to Launder Money

Both men are charged with conspiring together and with others to transfer funds from outside the United States to and through places inside the country without properly disclosing the transactions or paying required federal taxes.

Penalties for this count include up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of either $500,000 or twice the monetary value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater.

COUNTS THREE TO SIX: Failure to File Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

The indictment alleges that for each calendar year between 2012 and 2015, Manafort failed to disclose to the US Treasury Department that he had a financial interest in and authority over bank accounts in a foreign country involving more than $10,000. Penalties include up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000, or up to 50% of the total value for the transactions, for each of the four years in the counts.

COUNTS SEVEN THROUGH NINE: Failure to File Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

The indictment alleges that between 2012 and 2014, Gates failed to disclose to the US Treasury Department that he had a financial interest in and authority over bank accounts in a foreign country involving more than $10,000.

Penalties include up to 10 years in federal prison for each of the four counts and fines of up to $100,000 dollars, or up to 50% of the total value for the transactions, for each of the four years in the counts.

COUNT 10: Unregistered Agent of a Foreign Principal

Prosecutors allege that both men failed to register with the US attorney general as foreign agents of the government of Ukraine, the Part of Regents and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych between 2008 and 2014. Penalties include up to five years in federal prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT 11: False and misleading statements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act

The indictment alleges that both men made multiple false statements to federal officials in relation to their failure to register as foreign agents of the Ukrainian government. Penalties include up to five years in federal prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

COUNT 12: False Statements

Prosecutors allege that between November 2016 and February 2017, Manafort and Gates conspired together and caused others to make false statements and conceal crimes against the United States. The penalty is up to five years in prison.

AP


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