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Stop work order issued at
Manafort’s Brooklyn brownstone

New York Post, by Danika Fears

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/5/2017 3:27:24 PM

A stop work order has been issued at the Brooklyn brownstone Paul Manafort bought as part of a?n alleged? money laundering scheme. The order was issued Nov. 28 at the Carroll Gardens home, which the former Trump campaign manager purchased for $3 million in 2012 with unreported money he made while secretly lobbying for a pro-Russia political party?? in Ukraine, according to federal prosecutors. “Contractor unable to provide approved plans upon inspection,” the Department of Buildings complaint reads. “Observed sprinklers system installation without permit.” Despite the stop work order, neighbors complained to a local blogger, Katia Kelly, that construction is still going forward


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Stop work order issued at
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New York Post, by Danika Fears    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/5/2017 3:27:24     Post Reply
A stop work order has been issued at the Brooklyn brownstone Paul Manafort bought as part of a?n alleged? money laundering scheme. The order was issued Nov. 28 at the Carroll Gardens home, which the former Trump campaign manager purchased for $3 million in 2012 with unreported money he made while secretly lobbying for a pro-Russia political party?? in Ukraine, according to federal prosecutors. “Contractor unable to provide approved plans upon inspection,” the Department of Buildings complaint reads. “Observed sprinklers system installation without permit.” Despite the stop work order, neighbors complained to a local blogger, Katia Kelly, that construction is still going forward




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