Trump Org and CFO Enter Not Guilty Plea

by Jan Frazier

New York,  (Washington Insider Magazine) – On Thursday, Donald Trump’s company lawyers made a plea of not guilty to the tax crime charges. This included the Trump Organization’s longtime finance chief.

The criminal investigation of the former president’s company has been two years sin the making. The indictment was filed on Wednesday and released to the public on Thursday. It goes from 2005 to the present time. The indictment is to show that CFO Allen Weisselberg and the Trump company “cheated the state and city out of taxes by conspiring to pay senior executives off the books.”

Prosecutor Carey Dunne claimed that it had been a 15-year long scheme “orchestrated by the most senior executives” which included Weisselberg.

Up until now, Donald Trump has not been charged with anything. He is, however, being looked at by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., and New York Attorney General Letitia James, both Democrats. Duane stresses that politics is playing no role in the decision when it comes to bringing charges.

Weisselberg was arraigned on the day after “a grand jury returned an indictment charging him and Trump’s company with tax crimes.” A plea of not guilty was given by the lawyers for the Trump Organization. They claim to have nothing to do with the scheme to defraud. This would include other charges, including “conspiracy, grand larceny and tax fraud.”

Weisselberg has – for decades – worked for the Trump Organization. It is believed that he has considerable knowledge of the company’s business dealings. Prosecutors think that as they “dig deeper into the company,” Weisselberg could be useful to them. 

However, at this time, there is no indication that Weisselberg will be willing to cooperate with the prosecutors and that he will fight the charges.

The tax charges allege that there was abuse of fringe benefits which were given to the employees. For example, it would include the employees’ “use of apartments, cars, and school tuition.”

Mary Mulligan and Bryan Skarlatos, Weisselberg’s lawyers, said recently in a statement that Weisselberg would “fight these charges in court.”

Trump was visiting Texas on Wednesday, and he made no comment about the reporters’ questions. Earlier in the week, Trump called New York prosecutors “rude, nasty, and totally biased.” Trump said that he believes that his company’s actions were “standard practice throughout the U.S. business community and in no way a crime.”

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