The Trump organization and its CFO, Allen Weisselberg, They pleaded not guilty this Thursday to the accusation filed against him by New York prosecutors for alleged fraud and other tax crimes, according to US media.
Weisselberg and representatives of the company appeared in a Manhattan courthouse one day after a grand jury indicted them in the framework of the open investigation around the business of former US President Donald Trump.
The Prosecutor’s Office accuses the executive and the company of several criminal charges that include grand theft, fraud, conspiracy and falsification of documents for an alleged 15-year plot to evade taxes.
Among other things, they denounce that Weisselberg -who arrived today handcuffed and guarded by agents in sight in which the charges were made known- evaded taxes on an income of about 1.7 million dollars (1.4 million euros) as part of a plot organized by senior officials of the Trump Organization.
The accusations unveiled this Thursday are the first in the framework of the investigations into the businesses of the former US president that New York prosecutors have been ongoing for three years.
Trump is not charged, at the moment
At the moment, Trump is not charged in the case, but it is not ruled out that the case can be extended, because the Prosecutor’s Office has sought the cooperation of Weisselberg and today stressed that the investigation remains open.
The financial director of the consortium has worked for the Trump family since the 70s and is a very close figure to the former president, who placed him along with his older children in charge of the business while he was in the White House.
The investigations into the company of the former Republican president of the United States have accelerated in recent months, with the Prosecutor’s Office recently focusing on the alleged tax evasion linked to some compensation received by executives such as vehicles, apartments or tuition in private schools.
The investigations have also covered other issues such as possible insurance fraud and secret money payments that the Trump election campaign made the porn actress Stormy Daniels to prevent her from making public an alleged sexual relationship with the then presidential candidate.
Trump has at all times denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly denounced that the investigations are the result of a political persecution by Democratic prosecutors.
Today, his company insisted on that idea, denouncing in a statement that Weisselberg is being used by prosecutors as a “pawn” in an attempt “to harm the former president.” “The district attorney is filing a criminal charge on employee compensation that neither the IRS (the US tax authority) nor other prosecutors would ever think of filing. This is not justice, this is politics, “the company said.