Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort was arrested Friday on charges of fraud and obstruction of justice related to his role in a scheme to defraud the Trump Organization of nearly $1 million in sales of health care products.
The New York City District Attorney’s office says that Manafort was charged with conspiracy to defile the Trump Foundation, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and money laundering.
Manafort was charged in March and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He had been charged with fraud, conspiracy, and wire fraud.
Manafort was a former Trump campaign staffer.
He left the Trump campaign in August 2017 to work for a political consulting firm.
The charges were filed after a grand jury declined to indict him on any charges.
The indictment alleges that Manafort conspired with his brother, Richard, to violate federal campaign finance laws, according to the Associated Press.
Manafort, a former campaign adviser, served as an unpaid surrogate for former President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
He worked as a political consultant to the Trump organization during the campaign.
The indictment alleges his brother “fraudulently received and failed to deliver” approximately $1.2 million in payments made to Manafort from a Russian business entity called the “Kremlin Investment Fund.”
The indictment says Richard Manafort, an associate, was also charged with two counts of wire fraud and two counts each of conspiracy to obstruct justice, false statement, and other offenses.
Prosecutors say the scheme involved obtaining a contract for health care from a company called the Moscow-based Moscow Organigram, which was founded in 2008.
The Russian company, based in New York, paid Manafort $25 million in 2015 and 2016 for a health care contract with the Trump family, according the indictment.
The Trump campaign and Manafort did not immediately respond to The Associated Press request for comment.