Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Cindy Laporta, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote 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.


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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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.