Trump Organization CFO surrenders ahead of expected charges

Trump Organization indicted in tax investigation, US media report
Allen Weisselberg (centre) is chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The longtime chief financial officer of Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, surrendered to authorities early Thursday ahead of an expected court appearance on the first criminal indictment in a two-year investigation into business practices at former US President Donald Trump’s company.

Weisselberg was photographed walking into the complex that houses the Manhattan district attorney’s office and criminal courts at around 6:20 a.m. with his lawyer.

New York prosecutors were expected to announce an indictment Thursday accusing Mr Weisselberg and Trump’s namesake company of tax crimes related to fringe benefits for employees.

The case against the CFO of Trump Organization — a loyal lieutenant to Trump and his real estate-developer father, Fred Trump — could give prosecutors the means to pressure the executive into cooperating and telling them what he knows about Trump’s business dealings.

In a statement, the Trump Organization defended Mr Weisselberg, saying the 48-year employee is being used by the Manhattan district attorney’s office as “a pawn in a scorched-earth attempt to harm the former president.”

The statement said neither the IRS nor any other district attorney would ever think of bringing such charges over employee benefits. The organization said: “This is not justice; this is politics.”

The charges against the former US president’s company and Weisselberg remained sealed but were to be unveiled ahead of an afternoon arraignment at a state court in Manhattan, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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