CNN reports that Manafort’s bookkeeper testified Thursday that she was unaware that Manafort and Gates had financial accounts in Cyprus and had filed tax returns there. Asked by prosecutor Uzo Asonye whether Manafort’s accountant would have wanted to know that, Ayliff said yes: “It’s worldwide income that they have to report on,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re complying with the law.”
After Manafort purchased a brownstone townhouse on Union Street in Manhattan in 2012, the tax preparers sent Gates an email asking where the money came from. The reply was that it was money that Manafort’s wife, Kathleen had in the bank.
“This came from a savings account of Kathy’s, according to PJM,” Gates wrote back.
In fact, prosecutors allege, Manafort purchased the home by wiring $3 million from a Cyprus-based business, Actinet Trading Limited.