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‘Her hubby is using a Ponzi scheme’: The FBI is probing Paul Manafort’s business exchange with his son-in-law

Paul Manafort

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President Donald Trump’s former debate chairman, Paul Manafort,
poured millions of dollars into real-estate deals brokered
by his son-in-law, Jeff Yohai. Those investments came through
bombard companies that are now being scrutinized by federal
investigators, according to The New York Times.

It is misleading if a FBI is examining a web of financial
exchange as partial of a review into either any Trump
associates colluded with Russia during a election, a Times

Manafort’s tendency to form shell companies — while not
bootleg — to squeeze genuine estate has lifted questions about how
most he has been paid around a decades he’s spent as a
domestic consultant, and by whom. 

Last August, The New York Times detected that
a pro-Russian domestic celebration in Ukraine
designated $12.7
million in undisclosed income payments for Manafort, who had
suggested a celebration and a former leader, Viktor Yanukovych, for
scarcely a decade.

The ledger, and Manafort’s activities in Ukraine some-more broadly,
have come underneath inspection given Yanukovych was suspended in 2014.
Manafort was compared with during slightest 15 bank accounts
and 10 companies in Cyprus, dating behind to 2007, NBC reported in
March. (One of those companies, PEM Advisors Limited, was paid
scarcely $20 million by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska as part
of a business partnership between Deripaska and Manafort that
eventually fell through.)

Manafort has insisted that he has never perceived any unlawful cash
payments. But he has a “pattern” of regulating bombard companies to
squeeze homes “in all-cash deals,” as WNYC has reported,
and afterwards transferring those properties into his possess name for no
income and holding out vast mortgages opposite them.

Those embody his Trump Tower unit in Manhattan, which
he bought in 2006 around “John Hannah LLC”; a condo in lower
Manhattan that he bought in
2012 via “MC Soho Holdings LLC”; and a Brooklyn
townhouse that he bought in 2013 around “MC Brooklyn Holdings.”
The loan for the
townhouse during 377 Union Street was privately guaranteed by
Yohai and Manafort’s daughter, Jessica. 

Manafort intent in several corner ventures with Yohai,
papers show. Those embody a real-estate business in
California that relied largely, if not entirely, on shell
companies Yohai had shaped “to squeeze oppulance properties in the
Hollywood Hills, value tens of millions of dollars,” according to
a Times. 

A lawsuit filed in Nov 2016 opposite Yohai by
Manhattan-based photographer Guy Aroch — an financier in Yohai’s
business — purported that he operates “a web of dozens of LLCs and
other entities around a United States, that effect to
deposit in genuine estate and other ventures in New York and

“As a son-in-law of Paul Manafort – Donald Trump’s former
debate manager – Yohai has had a event to accommodate numerous
open total and celebrities, many of whom he has successfully
assured to deposit in his businesses,” a complaint

“Typically, Yohai promises his investors a discerning and large
lapse on their investments,” it continues. “When this promised
financial opening fails to manifest and investors express
their concern, Yohai simply recruits new investors to newly
determined LLCs – with a same claims of discerning success – and
repays his progressing investors with these incoming funds. In this
regard, Yohai is believed to be handling a Ponzi scheme.”

Manafort’s daughters plainly discussed how “shady” Yohai
was, and that their father did business with him, in hacked text
messages that Manafort reliable were
authentic in a matter to Politico progressing this year. The
texts were posted on a Ukrainian hacking collective’s

In a messages between Jessica Manafort and her
sister, Andrea, cited by a Times and reviewed by Business
Insider, Jessica wrote of her father: “In my opinion what he
has finished for me and Jeff is distant over adequate. … He flew out
to California and helped Jeff totally rearrange and set up
his business. And he has been a coach to [Jeff].” 

Andrea replied that that was usually since her father
“didn’t wish to bail Jeff out again” so felt that he had to
guard his business dealings. 

In another conversation, Jessica wrote “you do realize
father and Jeff [Yohai] are business partners.” 

“Nope, not how it’s been explained to me,” Andrea replied.
“I’ve been told Dad is meant to manipulate Jeff [because] he is a

“There is a agreement that says father and him [Yohai] are
50/50 business partners,” Jessica said.

As a Times reported, Yohai frequently pragmatic that he had
entrance to vast amounts of cash. 

After Yohai
seemed on an part of Million Dollar Listing in Jul 2016 and
offering to buy 3 New York City apartments for $15 million,
Andrea wrote in a content to a crony that Yohai didn’t have that
kind of cash.

“Her hubby is using a Ponzi scheme,” Andrea wrote,
referring to Yohai. “I’m certain of it.”

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