- While helping him commit crimes, Rick Gates admits he also embezzled from his former boss, something Paul Manafort’s defense attorneys have said repeatedly throughout the trial.
Gates said he had authority over some of Manafort’s Cyprus accounts, which were set up by a law firm in that country. “I added money to expense reports and created expense reports” that were not accurate, he said, to pad his salary by “several hundred thousand” dollars.
He said he had embezzled from other employers as well and that he volunteered this information in his meetings with the government.
Gates said he also told prosecutors that he had lied in a deposition in a civil case against Manafort involving a private equity fund.