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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018. 1:31 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Special prosecutors from Ukraine are worried that three money laundering investigations, one leading to Belize, might fall through because of non-cooperation by authorities in the United States.

The three investigations are all linked to Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for United States President Donald Trump. Prosecutors say that the US has not given up key pieces of evidence including the testimonies from Manafort and other key witnesses, which are essential to the investigations.

The investigations go as far back as 2009 when Manafort was working on behalf of former Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian member of parliament, accused Manafort’s lobbying company of money laundering by billing an offshore company based in Belize some US$750,000 for the sale of 501 computers.

Another of the three investigations is into the content of a “black Ledger,” a document reportedly taken from a safe in Manafort’s old office, which has numerous illegal financial transactions recorded including the $750,000 payment to the company in Belize.

Ukrainian authorities told international media that the US government has provided some information, but still needs to do more. One prosecutor told the media house Buzz Feed, that their last interaction with the US Justice Department was in September of 2017.

Manafort has been indicted in the United States for conspiracy to commit money laundering. He is also suspected to have some connection with the alleged interference by Russia in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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