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Oct. 24 trial date set for Trump Organization and its former top fundraiser Allen Weisselberg


Former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg is greeted by anti-Trump protesters upon his arrival at New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on August 12, 2022.John Minchillo/AP

  • The trial will extend beyond Thanksgiving; the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg face steep fines and a mandatory prison sentence.

  • The company and Weisselberg allegedly conspired to dodge payroll taxes on $1.7 million in revenue over a 15-year period.

Donald Trump’s firm and its longtime chief financial officer will go on trial Oct. 24 for allegedly trying to dodge executive payroll taxes on $1.7 million in revenue over 15 years, a Manhattan judge ruled on Friday. .

The trial date was set in an early morning hearing in the New York Supreme Court, the latest since former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg and Trump’s multibillion-dollar real estate and golf company. were charged last summer.

Before learning of their trial date, Weisselberg and the attorneys for the Trump family business first learned of a series of bad, albeit likely expected, news. Judge Juan Merchan declined to dismiss most of the indictment against Weisselberg and the company.

Only one of 15 counts was dismissed: a criminal tax evasion charge relating to a 2014 New York State tax return that Weisselberg filed in 2015. It was dismissed against the company only, for prescription reasons.

Lawyers for the Trump Organization and Weisselberg had asked in January that the case be dismissed in its entiretyclaiming they were being targeted by prosecutors because of the district attorney’s “animosity” toward Trump’s political views.

“They have been relentlessly investigating former President Donald Trump and his corporations and associates because of their dislike of his speech and political views, as well as trying to ensure he can never run for public office again. public office,” said Susan, Trump’s corporate attorney. Nechelles and Alan Futerfas fell out in a January court filing.

Weisselberg separately argued that as the only Trump executive to be indicted, he was targeted in an effort to “turn” him against the company and Trump. Weisselberg and other Trump leaders have staunchly refused to cooperate with the prosecutor’s office.

By refusing to dismiss all but one state’s tax evasion charges, Merchan otherwise sided with prosecutors, who had thwarted there was ample evidence to support the indictmentwho has a primary charge of grand larceny in the second degree.

The grand theft charge — which alleges Weisselberg illegally pocketed thousands of dollars in federal tax refunds from underreported earnings — is the only one in the indictment that carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence; any other count would allow a judge to sentence Weisselberg to probation only.

If convicted on the grand theft charge, Weisselberg, 74, would face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison; the prosecution allows the unlikely maximum sentence of 15 years.

The trial will extend past Thanksgiving, the judge said.

Friday’s brief hearing was the first court appearance for the new team of Manhattan prosecutors leading the bureau’s three-year investigation into Trump himself.

Leading the team, Susan Hoffinger, a seasoned prosecutor and defense attorney, was recruited by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg earlier this year to lead both the investigation and the investigations division. from the office.

She was second to 25-year-old veteran senior counsel Joshua Steinglass, a new addition to the team that more frequently conducts high-profile violent crime prosecutions.

Also at the prosecution table were Gary Fishman, who is leading New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization; he is appointed as Manhattan’s attorney.

The lawsuit against Weisselberg and the Trump Organization is the only indictment to come out of Manhattan.

Former senior prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who resigned in February to protest Bragg’s refusal to indict Trump for financial crimes, recently said he still believes the former president is guilty of “numerous” crimes.

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