Former Manafort Associate Indicted For Failing To Register As A Foreign Agent In Ukraine


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Vandana Rambaran Political Reporter
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Washington, D.C., lobbyist and former Paul Manafort associate, Samuel Patten, was indicted Friday for failing to register as a foreign agent to the U.S. federal government as he did work for an opposition party in Ukraine.

Patten conducted work from 2014 to 2018 on behalf of two foreign agents in Ukraine, one of whom was a prominent oligarch, on behalf of the Opposition Bloc, which was launched by Manafort in 2014. He received over $1 million but failed to report it to officials in Congress and the Executive Branch, according to reports by the Washington Post.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington charged Patten by criminal information, and he pleaded guilty Friday. Special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to recommend that federal prosecutors in New York probe deeper into other Manafort associates who did foreign work in Ukraine, including Tony Podesta and others, according to the Washington Post. (RELATED: Manafort Attempted To Work Out Plea Deal In Upcoming Second Trial But To No Avail)

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager and former consultant in Ukraine, was convicted on eight counts of tax and bank fraud on Aug. 21, leaving the jury gridlocked on 10 other counts. A second trial, where he is charged with failing to register as a foreign agent and conspiracy to launder money in relation to business dealings as a consultant in Ukraine in 2010 is scheduled to start in September.

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