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Paul Manafort bank fraud and tax evasion trial

Linda Schierow, from left, and Nancy Bundy, join other protesters outside the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, on day one of Paul Manafort’s trial. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial in Alexandria, Va.

The trial of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to shift focus to the accountants who prepared years of his allegedly false tax returns as the court battle heads into its third day on Thursday.

Prosecutors have spent the first two days of the trial attempting to portray Manafort as a tax cheat and a liar who hid much of the $60 million he earned from political work in Ukraine by stashing it in undisclosed overseas accounts.

Manafort routed millions to the United States by putting it in real estate, and spending it on expensive suits, cars and home renovations, according to half a dozen witnesses who testified on Wednesday in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Prosecutors say he evaded taxes through this scheme. Five of the 18 counts he faces relate to filing false tax returns.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges. (Reuters)

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