Trump Org CFO Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion
Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to tax evasion charges in federal plea deal.
USA Today reports
Allen Weisselberg, former President Donald Trump's longtime top business lieutenant, pleaded guilty Thursday to all 15 criminal charges in a scheme that paid him lavish corporate benefits in off-the-books payments from the Trump Organization without paying taxes.
The deal with the Manhattan district attorney's office requires him to testify truthfully about the scheme if called as a government witness at the scheduled October trial of two companies of the Trump Organization, which Weisselberg long served as chief financial officer.
The businesses, faced with similar tax fraud charges, could face a tougher trial defense challenge to overcome Weisselberg's testimony.
The Trump Organization issued a statement that accused Manhattan prosecutors of attempting to pressure Weisselberg "to say bad things or make up lies about President Trump." The statement called Weisselberg "a fine and honorable man," and said the companies would not plead guilty because they did nothing wrong.
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