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An employee is linked to a key figure in the case of the former trump-campaign-Chairman Paul Manafort known to be guilty Friday to register as a foreign agent for the Ukraine, and could face up to five years in prison.

W. Samuel Patten, 47, pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of a foreign principal to the Ukrainian political party, Opposition Bloc, without registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The charge is a felony with imprisonment of up to five years in prison and possible financial penalties.

Patten appeared for a hearing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday before judge Amy Berman Jackson.

The charges were brought against Patten by U.S. attorney from Washington DC, Jessie K. Liu, not Special Counsel, Robert Miller. However, müller’s team referred the case and his Deputy, Andrew Weissmann was in the courtroom Friday.

Patten was a business partner of Constantine Kilimnik, a man who U.S. authorities said has ties to the Russian intelligence. Kilimnik has worked closely with Manafort, and is a co-defendant in a case pending against Manafort in Washington, accuses you of the two witness tampering.

Manafort has also been with the Ukrainian Opposition Bloc at this time.

If you are asked if Patten worked with Manafort directly, the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.

According to the criminal information, beginning in the year 2014 to the present, submitted by Liu, Patten worked with a Russian nationals, listed as “foreigners” on lobbying and political consulting, education and training, jointly set up a company in the United States. The company achieved political consulting, and a prominent Ukrainian oligarch advised, with the inscription “foreigners B”, among others.

Kilminik name is not the court filing.

Patten, the company received more than $1 million for its Advisory work at the party.

According to Liu, documents, Patten FARA injured, by contact with members of Congress and the Executive branch, as well as the media. Patten also talking points for the foreigners B for his meetings on Capitol Hill, as well as “talking points drafted to use for Congressional staffers, in order to convince others, members of Congress and staff to a meeting with a Foreigner B.”

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The criminal information, advised of the submission that Patten worked specifically to meet with members of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as well as officials from the State Department and the media.

Manafort last week was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. He was found to be the first on the campaign staff of President trump guilty by a jury, as a part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference and possible collusion with Trump ally of the campaign, 2016 presidential elections.

Manafort, 69, had pleaded not guilty to all 18 counts.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.

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