Allen Weisselberg, Chief Financial Officer of the Trump Organization, surrendered to the Manhattan Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning to an indictment also accusing ex-President Donald Trump of doing business.
Weißelberg, who served Trump as a loyal executive officer for decades, is expected to face criminal charges in a state court later on. NBC News reports that it relates to fringe benefits granted by the Trump Organization. At about the same time, the indictment is unsealed.
The Trump organization is represented in the court proceedings by a lawyer.
Although the Trump organization is charged as a company in the case, Trump himself is not being charged personally. The company faces possible fines and other sanctions if convicted.
Weisselberg entered the Lower Manhattan attorney’s office at 6:17 a.m. to handle the case.
His lawyers, Mary Mulligan and Bryan Skarlatos, said in a statement: “Mr. Weisselberg intends to plead not guilty and will address these allegations in court.”
The accusation was received by a grand jury on Wednesday at the behest of the DA office and the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr. refused to comment on the case as he passed reporters asking if he had anything to say.
“Just good morning and I’ll see you at 2:15,” Vance said, referring to the probable time of the indictment.
Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization.
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Shortly after Weisselberg’s surrender, the Trump organization blew up Vance.
“Allen Weisselberg is a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who worked for the Trump organization for 48 years,” a company spokesman said in a statement.
“He is now being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former president,” the spokesman said.
“The District Attorney is filing a criminal prosecution with employee benefits that neither the IRS nor any other District Attorney would ever think of. That’s not justice, that’s politics. “
Vance’s office has been investigating the Trump organization on various issues for several years.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance arrives at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, United States, on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
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