Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Cindy Laporta, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 MORE’s former accountant, has been fired from her firm after admitting to helping falsify his tax records while testifying during Manafort’s trial last week.

Laporta’s firm, Kositzka, Wicks & Co., said in a statement reported by Bloomberg Tuesday that it was “shocked” by her testimony. The firm also confirmed to the news outlet in an email that she no longer works there.

“[Her testimony] clearly represents that she failed to meet the firm’s high standards for professional and ethical conduct in her work for Mr. Manafort,” the statement read.

The firm also said that it has launched an internal review to ensure that the actions she admitted to in her testimony only affected her work for Manafort, and did not impact other clients, according to Bloomberg.

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Laporta, who testified before a jury on Friday, said that she helped falsify tax records on Manafort’s behalf at the direction of his former associate Richard Gates, saving him an estimated $400,000 in taxes.

Laporta was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for her testimony. She said that she regretted the actions, but that she chose to go through with it because she feared Manafort’s lobbying firm would take legal action against her.

Manafort, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's former campaign chairman, is facing more than a dozen charges in this trial related to alleged tax fraud and other financial crimes. He faces a separate set of charges in a Washington, D.C., trial set to begin next month.

Gates testified Monday that he and Manafort committed a series of financial crimes, including filing fraudulent tax returns and concealing millions from the IRS.