Tammy Tousignant, Arnold’s ex-flight attendant of twelve years, did not have the love-child that ruined the Schwarzenegger marriage, despite claims to the contrary by the Daily Mail, Gawker, and the National Enquirer, and now she wants them to pay. Tousignant has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the publications for defamation; another former Schwarzenegger household staffer has since admitted to the affair. When news of the kid broke in the Los Angeles Times, a post on Gawker (later retracted) used photos of Tousignant and her son Tanner, resurrecting the claim that he was Schwarzenegger’s secret offspring from a 2003 article in the Mail. [OC Weekly]
The defendant stands convicted of the serious crimes of tax fraud, bank fraud, and failing to file a foreign bank account report. Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense. And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes.
Together with the relevant criminal conduct, Manafort’s misconduct involved more than $16 million in unreported income resulting in more than $6 million in federal taxes owed, more than $55 million hidden in foreign bank accounts, and more than $25 million secured from financial institutions through lies resulting in a fraud loss of more than $6 million.
Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship. He was well educated, professionally successful, and financially well off. He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources. Manafort committed bank fraud to supplement his liquidity because his lavish spending exhausted his substantial cash resources when his overseas income dwindled.