Putin-Linked Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska Sues Trump’s Campaign Chief, Indicted Manafort And Indicted Gates in N.Y.C.

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A company controlled and funded by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sued former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates for more than $25 million in damages over a failed business deal, court records show.
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Although Deripaska and the Americans have been in a long-running business dispute, the new suit uses Manafort and Gates’ recent indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation against them — citing it as proof of their fraudulent practices.

 

Deripaska’s company says Manafort and Gates — who are charged with conspiracy and money laundering in the federal case — bilked his company by taking $1.1 million in capital and paying it to themselves.

In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Manafort and Gates made false statements in depositions about the companies and failed to produce documents.

 

The petition also alleged companies controlled by Deripaska paid $7.35 million toward management fees for Manafort and his partners. The court filing was seeking an accounting of the money.

Manafort has been questioned by Cayman Islands officials about the matter, his lawyer has said publicly.

Manafort previously stated in 2016 that the matter was closed. Now, it appears that Manafort faces a new legal challenge as to the whereabouts of the money.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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