Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Manafort's former accountant fired from firm after testifying

Cindy Laporta, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates testifies against former Obama counsel Gregory Craig Trial of ex-Obama White House counsel suddenly postponed Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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.