Former Trump campaign chairman transferred to violent New York City prison
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was sentenced earlier this year to four years in prison, is being transferred later this week from a minimum security facility in Pennsylvania to New York City’s notorious Rikers Island, according to reports.
Manafort was jailed for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians.
Rikers Island is the violent maximum security jail in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport that has housed some of the most high-profile, deadly criminals in the city, including David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam; and Mark David Chapman – John Lennon’s killer.
“He’s not a mob boss,” the source close to Manafort told Fox News.
According to Fox News, a New York State judge ordered the transfer at the request of New York City District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.
He will be held in solitary confinement for his own protection, the source said. The move is expected to happen as early as Thursday.
Vance, a Democrat, said in March that a New York grand jury charged Manafort with 16 counts including residential mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and other charges.
He said at the time that “no one is beyond the law in New York.”
Manafort cannot be pardoned by President Trump for state crimes.
Vance’s office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News late Monday.
Manafort’s defense team is planning an appeal, according to the source.
Manafort’s conviction in August made him the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis emphasized ahead of sentencing that the Manafort case was not about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Ellis said that the guidelines of sentencing Manafort to between 19 and 24 years in prison were “excessive for this case.”
Manafort will receive credit for the nine months he’s already served.
Manafort was also hit with a $50,000 fine.
Prosecutors said Manafort, 69, hid income earned from political work overseas from the IRS while fraudulently obtaining millions in bank loans.
Manafort had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts in the case.
He is still facing additional years in prison from another case: After his conviction in Virginia, Manafort pleaded guilty in Washington to foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
He has not yet been sentenced in that case, and Mueller’s team recently asked a federal judge to sentence him to 24 years in prison and order him to pay as much as a $24 million fine.