Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg’s lawyer says they have ‘strong reason to believe other indictments are coming’

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The Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, center, arrives for a courtroom appearance in New York, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Donald Trump’s company and its longtime finance chief were charged Thursday in what a prosecutor called a ‘sweeping and audacious’ tax fraud scheme that saw the Trump executive allegedly receive more than $US1.7 ($AU2) million in off-the-books compensation, including apartment rent, car payments and school tuition AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
  • Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg’s lawyer said they expect more indictments from the Manhattan DA.
  • “We have strong reason to believe other indictments are coming,” the lawyer said Monday.
  • Weisselberg and the Trump Org. pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts in July.
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A lawyer representing the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, said Monday morning that they have “strong reason to believe other indictments are coming” as part of the Manhattan DA’s criminal probe into the company.

He made the comment during a status conference at the New York state Supreme Court on Monday. The hearing came as prosecutors in the DA’s office continue investigating whether former President Donald Trump’s sprawling real-estate company violated state laws.

The DA’s office charged the Trump Organization and Weisselberg in July with 15 felony counts including scheme to defraud and grand larceny.

Prosecutors said the alleged criminal conduct was carried out as part of a “sweeping and audacious payment scheme” and that Weisselberg personally did not pay taxes on $US1.7 ($AU2) million of his income dating back to March 2005.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were laid out in a 25-page indictment.

Among other things, investigators accused the defendants of filing false tax returns and said they “devised and operated a scheme to defraud federal, New York State, and New York City tax authorities” to compensate Weisselberg and other Trump Organization executives “off the books.”

Days before the indictment came down, Weisselberg resigned from a trust set up to control the Trump Organization’s assets, The Washington Post reported, citing government documents. The New York Times also reported that the company stripped Weisselberg of his leadership positions at subsidiaries.

Insider’s Jacob Shamsian, who attended Monday’s hearing, reported that prosecutors and defense lawyers butted heads over how much time Weisselberg’s attorneys needed to review six million pages of documents prosecutors have turned over in the investigation.

Judge Juan Merchan gave Weisselberg’s team until January 20 to submit pretrial motions, but Weisselberg’s lawyer Bryan Skarlatos requested more time. Prosecutors pushed back, however, and said they gave defense attorneys the “core” three million documents that are relevant to the case in the beginning of July.

Skarlatos raised concerns that his client would become “collateral damage” in the Manhattan DA’s broader probe, Shamsian reported. But Solomon Shinerock, a prosecutor in Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office, shot down that characterization and said, “With respect to the relevant financial documents, Mr. Weisselberg is the boss. He is not collateral damage here. He is an executive. He has been indicted by the grand jury.”

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