Former Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg nears plea deal ahead of tax evasion trial

The longtime chief financial officer of former President Donald Trump’s eponymous real estate firm is set to reach a plea deal with Manhattan prosecutors on tax evasion charges, The New York Times reported Monday.

Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg will not cooperate with a broader investigation of Trump, the Times said, citing two sources. The report did not say whether he would cooperate in the case against the former president’s family company.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney declined to comment. A lawyer for Weisselberg did not respond to a request for comment.

Court records show Weisselberg also made an unexpected appearance in Manhattan state court on Monday and another hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted last July on more than a dozen counts of tax evasion and falsifying business records for providing “off the book” benefits to company executives. Weisselberg, 75, initially pleaded not guilty.

Neither a lawyer nor a company spokeswoman immediately responded to requests for comment.

At a hearing on Friday, the judge handling the case said jury selection would begin on October 24.

Trump, a Republican, called Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation and a parallel civilian investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James a politically motivated “witch hunt.” James and Bragg are both Democrats.

New York Post

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