(New York) A lawyer representing the former chief financial officer of the Trump organization told a judge on Monday that there was “good reason to believe” that the former president’s trial in the real estate empire in New York would lead to more allegations.
Attorney Brian Scarlatos made the remark when Allen Weiselberg first appeared in court after the trial on the 1st.Is July, for tax evasion. Mr. Scarlatos did not say what led to the belief that more people would be charged in the case, which he closely observed.
New evidence behind closed doors
In recent weeks, two leaders of the Trump organization have testified before a grand jury that continues to meet behind closed doors to hear evidence and review evidence in the case.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
“Mr. Weiselberg has split from the Trump organization. He is the only person at risk of freedom,” Mr Scarlatos said. ”
Mr Scarlatos raises the possibility of filing further indictments, arguing for enough time to review the 6 million pages of documents submitted by prosecutors as evidence. Goal “.
Prosecutors say Alan Weiselberg is “nothing new” to many documents because they include Trump organization business records he produced or reviewed during his tenure.
Judge Juan Manuel Merchan gave the two parties until next spring to file motions and responses. He said he would decide the motions at the trial scheduled for July 12, 2022, and that Alan Weiselberg would have to appear in court next time.
Judge Merchan is expected to set a trial date at that time and it could be in late August or early September next year.
“The reason I mention it now is that it’s on everyone’s radar,” the judge said. “I don’t have a specific date yet.”
1.7 million unauthorized damages
Alan Weiselberg has pleaded not guilty to charges of charging more than $ 1.7 million in unauthorized compensation, including apartment rent, car payments and school fees.
The Donald Trump Company was also charged in the case, which prosecutors called the “sweeping and daring” tax evasion scheme.
During Monday’s brief hearing, Alan Weiselberg sat quietly next to his lawyers and did not speak to reporters on his way to court. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, everyone was masked and there were obvious plastic partitions between different parts of the courtroom.
Mr. Trump himself made no mistake. He denies the case – the first to result from a two – year investigation by New York authorities into the former president’s business dealings – a “political witch hunt”.
According to the indictment, from 2005 to this year, the Trump organization and Alan Weiselberg conspired to defraud tax officials and pay senior executives through lucrative benefits and other means.
Alan Weiselberg alone is accused of defrauding federal, state and city governments of more than US $ 900,000 in unpaid taxes and unearned tax refunds.
The most serious charge against him, extortion, is punishable by five to 15 years in prison.
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