Trump Organization attorneys keep former CFO Alan Weissberg’s petition in the spotlight

advocate in Criminal Trial of the Trump Organization Friday sought to clear doubts about a plea deal struck by a key prosecution witness.

Former chief financial officer Alan Weiselberg was indicted in July 2021 on more than a dozen counts related to fraud and tax evasion with two Trump Organization entities. weiselberg entered a guilty plea In August, Manhattan district attorney prosecutors in the case agreed to recommend a five-month prison sentence and repayment of back taxes in exchange for Wesselberg. testify against the company on trial.

Alan Weiselberg, former CFO of the Trump Organization
Former Trump Organization CFO Alan Weiselberg leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during the Trump Organization’s criminal trial at New York Supreme Court on November 17, 2022 in New York City.

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Defense attorney Alan Futerfas asked Vesselberg on Friday, “You had to plead guilty to every charge in that indictment in order to get a five-month sentence?”

“Correct, for which I was guilty,” replied Wesselberg.

Later, another attorney, Susan Necheles, struck out a 17-page-long list of questions Wesselberg had to answer in court when he entered his guilty plea — a process called allocation.

“Today as you sit there you are concerned that if you change one of the words asked by prosecutors they may recommend lengthening your sentence,” Nechels said.

Wesselberg replied that he had been instructed to testify truthfully.

“In your mind are you worried about your punishment?” Necklace asked.

“Naturally,” said Wesselberg.

Questioning Weislberg for a second time this week, prosecutor Susan Hoffinger sought to establish whether members of the Trump family had any knowledge of Weislberg’s tax scheme, in which he and other officials allegedly siphoned off luxury profits and huge profits. Received bonus, and then reduced salary and income. From the amount of those bonuses when he reported to the tax authorities.

Wesselberg said Friday that the practice also helped the company reduce its payroll obligations.

Wesselberg said that Eric Trump only found out about those practices after they had ended, due to an internal review of the company’s tax practices – referred to throughout the trial as a “clean up” – by President Donald Trump. Held after being formed. At the time, Eric Trump was in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company.

On Thursday, Weiselberg testified under prosecutors that former President Trump, or sometimes his sons Eric Trump or Donald Trump Jr., signed checks to pay up to $100,000 for private school tuition for Weiselberg’s grandchildren. Did it Wesselberg said he returned the money by instructing the company’s comptroller to deduct $100,000 from his salary, allowing him to report less income.

Both sides have frequently cited Wesselberg’s decades-long ties to the Trump family and the Trump Organization. On Friday, Hoffinger once again highlighted that the relationship remains close.

Hoffinger asked Wesselberg who was paying for his legal team, which he described as “some of the best lawyers in New York City”.

“The Trump Organization,” he replied.

She then asked if she had met with Trump Organization defense attorney Alan Futerfass on Wednesday.

Weiselberg replied that he had.

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