Mueller looking into $1 million loan to Manafort after FBI raid

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Manafort, the onetime Trump campaign manager who is awaiting sentencing on numerous financial crimes related to his lobbying work for pro-Russia parties in Ukraine, guaranteed the loan from a Nevada-based company called Woodlawn LLC.

Manafort's family secured the loan through their interest in a condominium in Manhattan, according to court papers reported by Bloomberg.


U.S. prosecutors are trying to seize the condo after Manfort's conviction, leaving Woodlawn seeking to stake a claim on the condo so it can collect on the debt.

Prosecutors said in the court filing Thursday that "additional information and evidence will be necessary to evaluate the nature and extent of Woodlawn’s claims” on the Manhattan apartment.

Woodlawn installed former Hollywood bit player Joey Rappa as its "managing member" in public fillings, Bloomberg reported. Rappa's appointment was meant to allow the loan's funder to remain anonymous and avoid embarrassment, a lawyer for the lender told the outlet.

Woodlawn's lawyer declined to comment to Bloomberg on the identity of the loan's funder. The outlet noted that prosecutors are currently involved in wrapping up discussions on a number of properties owned by Manafort in which creditors have various interests.

The former Trump campaign chairman's plea deal with Mueller's team fell apart in recent months after prosecutors accused him of lying to them on multiple occasions. Manafort's attorneys have countered that their client made only unintentional misstatements to the special counsel's office.

The federal judge overseeing Manafort's criminal case has scheduled for him to be sentenced in March.