Manafort cash trasferred to US from Belize, says Ukraine lawmaker

World | 22 Mar 2017 10:38 am

Ukrainian Lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko said the amount and date of the payment _ October 14, 2009 _ matches one of the entries on the so-called Black Ledges, the handwritten accounting books of the Party of Regions, where Paul Manafort's name stood next to several entries as receiving the party's funds. 

Leshchenko argued that the documents found in Manafort's office and the invoice in particular show the mechanics of money-laundering that should be investigated by U.S. authorities. 

"Paul Manafort is an American citizen. NABU [Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau] has enough to do with corrupt Ukrainian officials. I think they can be party to a bigger international investigation,'' he said. "First of all, it's up to American officials to investigate, because we're talking about American citizens. Money (was) transferred to an account in the United States from Belize opened with an account in Kyrgyzstan, so Ukraine is almost not involved in this.'' 

Leshchenko would not say whether he has shared his findings with U.S. authorities. -AP

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