Manafort sued by Russian billionaire over Ukraine deal
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sued by a company tied to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who claims he was defrauded after investing $18.9 million in a Ukrainian cable television venture.
The suit, filed Wednesday in New York state court by Deripaska’s Surf Horizon Ltd., claims Manafort and his former associate, Rick Gates, used the investment as “their personal piggy banks,” moving funds in and out “without any apparent business reason.”
Deripaska previously sued in courts in Virginia and the Cayman Islands in cases that are no longer pending. The new fraud case relies in part on allegations in a U.S. money-laundering indictment against Manafort and Gates, brought on Oct. 27 by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The case is Surf Horizon v. Manafort, Index No. 650130/2018, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).