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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Former Trump Aide Paul Manafort for Possible Racketeering

An ethics complaint has been filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort alleges he may have possibly engaged in racketeering.

J. Whitfield Larrabee, an attorney in Brookeline, Mass., filed an ethics complaint with the Connecticut Bar alleging that over the course of the last 10 years, “Manafort engaged in unethical and illegal conduct that make him unfit to practice law.”

Larrabee claims Manafort has done more to damage the process of government “by illegally concealing his efforts to advance the interests of foreign and autocratic governments.” He accused him of engaging in “unethical and illegal acts by accepting millions of dollars in payments that he knew or should have known were stolen or illegally obtained from the people of Ukraine or others.”

The complaint comes as the Associated Press reported that Manafort’s name was found in the Black Ledger that shows he was paid at least $1.2 million by a pro-Russia Ukrainian interests in 2007 and 2009

Larrabee accuses Manafort of maintaining “close association with individual criminals” and “participation in schemes to use shell corporations.” He writes that “the other criminal acts described herein provide reasonable grounds to believe Manafort has engaged in additional fraudulent and criminal activities including, but not limited to, tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering and racketeering.”