Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax crimes
MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office have obtained indictments against the Trump Organization and it’s Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg.
The charges that were handed up by a New York grand jury are expected to be unsealed in court Thursday, July 1, in Manhattan. The charges stem from a scheme to pay compensation to Weisselberg and possibly others “off the books” by the Trump Organization.
A Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spokesperson has declined to comment on a report that indictments have already been filed against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization.
The charges come amid an investigation District Attorney Cy Vance has been conducting into a variety of allegations of financial improprieties against former President Donald Trump’s company.
Vance’s office had been looking into criminal conduct at the Trump Organization such as falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.
Back in March 2021, Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, had spoken multiple times with investigators whether Trump employees, including the Weisselbergs, were able to avoid paying taxes in exchange for fringe benefits, such as an apartment. The investigation helped speed up the process to obtain Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns and underlying financial documents.
Last week, Ron Fischetti, an attorney for the Trumps, claimed the charges as “completely outrageous.” Fischetti also claimed they were being pursued because Weisselberg didn’t cooperate with investigators.
“They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment,” said Fischetti.