Despite being the focus of the media spectacle surrounding the sentencing of Michael Cohen, campaign-finance violations factored very little in the three-year prison term issued to him Dec. 12, according to a review of court documents and interviews with sentencing experts.
A federal judge in New York sentenced Cohen to three years in prison and ordered him to pay $2 million in fines, forfeitures, and restitution for tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign-finance violations, and lying to Congress.
Media reports of the sentencing focused largely on the campaign-finance violations, because those involve Cohen’s past work as a personal attorney for President Donald Trump. But an Epoch Times analysis—reviewed by a sentencing expert—indicates that campaign-finance violations account for roughly six of the 36 months Cohen is to serve in prison and about $10,000 of the $2 million in restitution, forfeitures, and fines Cohen was ordered to pay.
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