The Manafort trial: Guilty on 8 counts
Here's a closer look at Paul Manafort's pond, described by one witness as "one of the biggest ponds in the Hamptons," and waterfall, which is at his home in Bridgehampton.
Michael Regolizio of New Leaf Maintenance said Manafort paid for much of the work he did at the property through international wire transfer, and was his only client to do so.
The Department of Justice released these photos (they're in black and white).
Next to take the the stand is Paul Manafort's bookkeeper, Heather Washkuhn.
Prosecutors say her testimony will delve into the tax and bank fraud portion of the case. Manafort has pleaded not guilty, but is accused of lying to the IRS to hide his income, and lying to banks to secure millions of dollars in loans.
Washkuhn is the 12th witness and her testimony should last 2-3 hours, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors revealed yet another document that showed a bill from New Leaf Maintenance, a landscaping company used by Paul Manafort, which had listed an incorrect vendor name and address.
Defense attorney Jay Nanavati asked Regolizio if he would call the document a "fake invoice." Regolizio replied yes.
Regolizio of New Leaf Maintenance also said he never met, communicated with or received payments from Rick Gates — Manafort's longtime deputy on whom defense attorneys have indicated they'd like to pin the alleged crimes.
Immediately after they showed the jury the fake invoice, prosecutors asked Regolizio if he had ever met or corresponded with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian who has been indicted in DC in a separate case for helping Manafort attempt to tamper with witnesses. Regolizio said he did not know Kilimnik.
Prosecutors have not yet revealed what they believe the fake invoices prove in their case.
Vendors who sold custom men's clothing, audio-visual services, landscaping, home renovations and cars have told the jury in Northern Virginia that Paul Manafort was a major customer and frequently paid with the unusual method of wiring money from corporate-named bank accounts in Cyprus.
The vendors largely say they do not recognize the company names Manafort used, yet they knew the payments came from him because their amounts matched the bills they sent him.
A landscaper in the Hamptons described how Paul Manafort — and Manafort alone — commissioned him to care for hundreds of flowers at his house, as well as "one of the biggest ponds in the Hamptons."
Michael Regolizio of New Leaf Maintenance said Manafort paid for much of the work through international wire transfer, and was his only client to do so.
Regolizio testified that Manafort spent about $450,000 on landscaping over five years.
The landscapers initially only handled tree-care for Manafort's Bridgehampton estate. But in 2012, they took over Manafort's entire Bridgehampton home's outdoor work.
- Sending landscapers there four to five times a week to prune 14-foot hedges
- Mowing the lawn and fertilizing
- Planting "hundreds and hundreds of flowers"
- Pruining a flower bed next to the tennis courts
- Maintaining the large pond with a waterfall feature, and care for a white and red flower bed in the shape of an "M."
Regolizio said Manafort would personally call his landscape company's offices before one of the wire transfers came through, to give them a heads up.
They knew the wired money coming from corporate payers came from Manafort because the only other other client Regolizio had who paid in that way made transfers from domestic banks and used his own name, the landscaper said.
Regolizio started working for Manafort after the construction contractor Stephen Jacobson connected them. Jacobson testified on Wednesday about millions of dollars of home renovations he did for the Manaforts, and how those were paid for by wire transfer.
To demonstrate Paul Manafort's elaborate spending habits, prosecutors released an image of a $15,000 coat made from an ostrich. Our panel takes a look.
The case is unfolding in Virginia, but in some ways, it's all about Cyprus.
Most witnesses have been asked about Cyprus in one way or another: Several of the vendors that Paul Manafort did business with were asked repeatedly which country Manafort's payments came from.
The answer, often enough, was "Cyprus."
Witnesses were also asked to read the address of the banks, most of which were located in Nicosia, the Mediterranean nation's capital.
In their indictment, prosecutors said Manafort owned or controlled more than a dozen entities in Cyprus, which he used to funnel money around the world. They also said in court filings that they obtained records from the government of Cyprus to help their case.