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Manafort pleads not guilty in NY Supreme Court to fraud charges

Posted June 27, 2019 2:32 p.m. EDT

— Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday in New York State Supreme Court to fraud charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Manafort faces 16 counts, including residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records. He was led into the courtroom in handcuffs, wearing a blue prison jumpsuit.

Thursday's plea places Manafort in the public eye again after his case drew enormous attention during the special counsel's office probe. During the Russia investigation, Manafort was among the first people charged with crimes and he became a top target for prosecutors.

After his conviction by a jury last summer in that investigation, he pleaded guilty and agreed to help special counsel Robert Mueller, only to then lie to investigators and a grand jury, a federal judge ruled, prompting the end of Manafort's cooperation.

He was sentenced in March to seven-and-a-half years in prison for federal tax fraud, bank fraud and foreign lobbying violations.

Less than an hour later, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced a criminal indictment charging Manafort with state crimes, including residential mortgage fraud and falsifying business records.