Trump Org CFO Alan Weisselberg Expected to Testify at Trial in Plea Deal with Prosecutors
The Trump Organization last summer was hit with criminal charges by crooked Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s office.
The case was tied to tax-related conduct amid claims Trump Organization employees illegally ‘received tax-free perks such as apartments and car leases.’
These types of cases are almost never pursued, but the witch hunt of Trump and everyone connected to him never ends.
Last July the corrupt DA in Manhattan frog-marched the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg into a New York court to be arraigned on bogus tax charges.
Weisselberg was cuffed and forced to wear a face mask as he entered the court last July.
BREAKING NEWS: Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg enters court to be arraigned. pic.twitter.com/DScz7cYs1l
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According to the indictment unsealed last summer, Weisselberg is accused of a “sweeping and audacious” tax fraud scheme for receiving $1.7 million in illegally ‘received tax-free perks such as apartments and car leases.’
According to a new report by The New York Times, Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to all 15 charges in a deal with prosecutors.
Weisselberg will testify in the Trump Organization trial in October in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Mr. Weisselberg, who is facing 15 years in prison, will serve as little as 100 days if he testifies at trial according to the plea deal.
The New York Times reported that Weisselberg is not expected to implicate President Trump.
Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The New York Times reported:
The plea deal will allow Mr. Weisselberg, who was facing up to 15 years in prison, to spend as little as 100 days behind bars, according to people with knowledge of the matter. And it does not require Mr. Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, to cooperate with the Manhattan district attorney’s office in its broader investigation into Mr. Trump, who has not been accused of wrongdoing.
But Mr. Weisselberg is expected to admit to all 15 felonies he was charged with and will have to testify about his role in a scheme to avoid paying taxes on lavish corporate perks, the people said. That requirement will put the company at a disadvantage and make Mr. Weisselberg a central witness at its trial in October, where it will face many of the same charges.
Mr. Weisselberg is not expected to implicate Mr. Trump or his family when he takes the stand in the October trial, the people said, and on cross-examination, the company’s lawyers could accuse him of pleading guilty only to spare himself a harsher sentence.
But his testimony — an acknowledgment from one of the Trump Organization’s top executives that he committed the crimes listed in the indictment — will undercut any effort by the company’s lawyers to contend that no crime was committed. The indictment placed Mr. Weisselberg at the center of the company’s scheme, and his testimony could enable prosecutors to argue that his admissions go a long way toward proving its broader claims.
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