Paul Manafort was a big spender when it came to computers and entertainment — spending millions on audio-video home installations, and $10,000 on a karaoke system for his Hamptons mansion.
Prosecutors read details about wire transfers that Manafort sent to pay for the karaoke system in 2010 during the parade of testimony from vendors who sold high-end goods and services to Manafort. The vendors said they were all paid via international wire transfers coming from offshore shell company accounts.
Joel Maxwell of Big Picture Solutions also took the stand, and told the jury that Manafort installed Apple TVs, networks and other electronics in his Hamptons home from 2011 to 2014. The cost was $2.2 million.
Echoing several other vendors who've testified, Maxwell said Manafort paid with wire transfer using offshore corporate bank accounts under names like Leviathan Advisors Limited and Lucicle Consultants Limited.
Prosecutors also read to the jury descriptions of Manafort's personal purchases that both Manafort's defense team and the investigators agreed were true.