Manafort conspired to mislead federal bankruptcy court, son-in-law says

Manafort conspired to mislead federal bankruptcy court, son-in-law says
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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused by his son-in-law of misleading a federal bankruptcy court over the nature of real estate investments, according to USA Today.

Manafort's estranged son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, in a Sept. 28 court filing, alleged that Manafort and others "have all conspired to mislead this court ... as to their true intentions and motivations," USA Today reported.


Yohai, who was hit with divorce papers from Manafort's daughter earlier this year, was involved in a deal with Manafort to buy high-end real estate properties in California, renovate them, and sell them for profit. He alleges that Manafort and others misled him and the court about the ownership of the companies that have proposed to clear up the bankruptcy issues, as well as the amount of proposed funding, USA Today reported.

Yohai, according to the report, raised questions as to whether there would be sufficient funds provided by Manafort to renovate the properties. Four of the properties purchased by Yohai are now in bankruptcy proceedings.

The managing partner of the firm representing Manafort in the case said there wasn't a "single fact" to support Yohai's accusations.

"We've gone over and above to tell the court everything that we were doing," said Matthew Browndorf. "I don't see a single fact" to support Yohai's accusations, he added.

Manafort is at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. In July, FBI agents raided Manafort's home in Virginia, during which prosecutors reportedly told the former Trump aide to expect an indictment.