Trump Org CFO surrenders ahead of expected criminal indictment

Source: The Hill | July 1, 2021 | Mychael Schnell and Geoffrey Rowland

The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, on Thursday surrendered to the Manhattan district attorney’s office following reports that a grand jury filed criminal indictments against the executive and the organization for tax-related charges, according to multiple reports.

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization indicated that the charges relate to employee benefits, and sources told The Washington Post on Wednesday that they involve allegations of unpaid taxes on benefits. The exact charges against the longtime CFO are expected to be revealed later in the day.

Weisselberg, who has worked for former President Trump for decades and kept his books since the 1980s, was accompanied by his lawyer Mary E. Mulligan when he turned himself in at about 6:20 a.m., according to The New York Times. He is expected to be arraigned in the afternoon along with other company representatives.

In a statement to The Hill, Mulligan said that her client “intends to plead not guilty and he will fight these charges in court.”

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization blasted Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. (D) in a statement, arguing he “is bringing a criminal prosecution involving employee benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of bringing. This is not justice; this is politics.”

“Allen Weisselberg is a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who has worked at the Trump Organization for 48 years. He is now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former President,” the spokesperson asserted.


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