Organisation Trump. Le directeur financier devrait plaider coupable dans une affaire fiscale à New York

Organisation Trump. Le directeur financier devrait plaider coupable dans une affaire fiscale à New York
Donald Trump’s longtime finance chief is expected to plead guilty as soon as Thursday in a tax evasion case, according to three people familiar with the matter

Donald Trump’s longtime finance chief is expected to plead guilty as soon as Thursday in a tax evasion case that is the only criminal prosecution to arise from a long-running investigation into the former president’s company, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Organisation Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg was scheduled to be tried in October on allegations he took more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the company, including rent, paiements de voiture et frais de scolarité.

Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney’s office and Weisselberg’s lawyers met Monday with the judge overseeing the case, Juan Manuel Merchan, selon les archives judiciaires. The judge then scheduled a hearing in the matter for 9 un m. Thursday but did not specify the reason.

The people who spoke to the PA did so on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case. They said the purpose of Thursday’s hearing was for Weisselberg to enter a guilty plea, but cautioned that plea deals sometimes fall apart before they are finalized in court.

Weisselberg’s lawyer, Nicholas Gravante Jr., told The New York Times on Monday that Weisselberg has been engaged in plea negotiations to resolve the case, but did not specify terms of a potential plea deal. Reached by the AP, Gravante declined to comment.

Les temps, citing two people with knowledge of the matter, said Weisselberg was expected to receive a five-month jail sentence, which would make him eligible for release after about 100 journées. The deal would not require Weisselberg to testify or cooperate in any way with an ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s business practices.

Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, is also charged in the case but did not appear to be involved in the plea agreement talks. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined comment. A message seeking comment was left with a lawyer for the Trump Organization.

News of Weisselberg’s plea negotiations came days after the judge denied requests by his lawyers and the Trump Organization to throw out the case. The judge did drop one criminal tax fraud count against the company citing the statute of limitations, but more than a dozen other counts remain.

In seeking dismissal of the case, Weisselberg’s lawyers argued prosecutors in the Democrat-led district attorney’s office were punishing him because he wouldn’t offer up damaging information against the former president.

The judge rejected that argument, saying that evidence presented to the grand jury was legally sufficient to support the charges.

Weisselberg, qui a tourné 75 le lundi, is the only Trump executive charged in the yearslong criminal investigation started by former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who went to the Supreme Court to secure Trump’s tax records. Vance’s successor, Alvin Bragg, is now overseeing the investigation. Several other Trump executives have been granted immunity to testify before a grand jury in the case.

Prosecutors alleged that Weisselberg and the Trump Organization schemed to give off-the-books compensation to senior executives, dont Weisselberg, pour 15 années. Weisselberg seul a été accusé d'avoir fraudé le gouvernement fédéral, État et ville sur plus de $900,000 d'impôts impayés et de remboursements d'impôts non mérités.

The most serious charge against Weisselberg, grand larcin, carried a potential penalty of five to 15 années de prison. The tax fraud charges against the company are punishable by a fine of double the amount of unpaid taxes, ou alors $250,000, celui qui est le plus grand.

Trump n'a pas été inculpé dans l'enquête criminelle, but prosecutors have noted that he signed some of the checks at the center of the case. Atout, who has decried the New York investigations as a “political witch hunt," a déclaré que les actions de son entreprise étaient une pratique courante dans le secteur immobilier et en aucun cas un crime.

La semaine dernière, Trump s'est assis pour une déposition dans l'enquête civile parallèle de la procureure générale de New York, Letitia James, sur les allégations selon lesquelles la société de Trump aurait trompé les prêteurs et les autorités fiscales sur la valeur des actifs. Trump a invoqué la protection de son cinquième amendement contre l'auto-incrimination plus de 400 fois.

In the months after Weisselberg’s arrest, the criminal probe appeared to be progressing toward a possible criminal indictment of Trump himself, but the investigation slowed, a grand jury was disbanded and a top prosecutor left after Bragg took office in January — although he insists it is continuing.

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