Paul Manafort's former son-in-law sentenced to 9 years in prison for scamming Dustin Hoffman, others

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Free Roger Stone MORE’s former son-in-law was sentenced to more than nine years in prison for his role in several fraud schemes that took more than $6 million from victims including actor Dustin Hoffman.

The Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. on Friday ordered Jeffrey Yohai to pay $6.7 million in restitution for his crimes along with the prison sentence.


“This is an individual who has an evil mind — I don’t know how else to say it,” the judge said. “It seems he felt he could do whatever he wants - but that buck stops here,” Birotte Jr. said, according to the news outlet.

Yohai pleaded guilty to various fraud schemes, including renting out luxury homes without the permission of their owners, selling non-existent backstage passes for the Coachella music festival and pawning band equipment that belonged to someone else, the AP noted.

Prosecutors say Hoffman and his son Jacob were among the victims of Yohai’s schemes. The actor and his son invested in a real estate project after prodding from Yohai, who instead used their money to pay off debts and for personal expenses.

Hoffman reportedly lost roughly $3 million.

“Defendant has done tremendous damage to a huge number of victims,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Brown wrote in a court filing. Yohai “has shown an almost unbelievable compulsion to defraud others, to the point that he could not stop even while awaiting this court’s judgment on him in the first case, which strongly suggests that he will continue on his criminal path despite having been blessed with so many advantages.”

Prosecutors, who noted that Yohai’s scams brought in more than $13 million, asked that he receive a 15-year prison term.

Yohai was previously married to Manafort’s daughter, Jessica. She filed for divorce in 2017.

Manafort, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s former campaign chairman, was convicted of several federal crimes and is currently serving a prison sentence of more than seven years for various financial crimes.