This display—or more likely “liberal baksheesh”—worked for now. Parker meticulously sent secret reports to the syndicate, covertly named FJMPW after some of its members, and accounts for the bribes, which on his first visit cost £1,900.

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Context: Parker and his retinue managed to bribe the Jerusalem officials for permission for an excavation in the holy city in search of the Ark of the Covenant.

Hi. I take “accounts” to mean “record of money” but why “for” is used here instead of “of”?
Thank you.

No, "account for" means "explain".


Thanks, AS. But I think if "account for" is a phrasal verb here, it's tense should agree with "sent". Namely, it should be "accounted for". So I think "accounts" refer to financial records here.