Financial top man Allen Weisselberg of The Trump Organization is accused of having avoided 900,000 dollars of tax on $1.7 million in income, prosecutors reported in New York on Thursday.
A prosecutor spoke of tax fraud in 15 years through payments that were kept out of books. These include benefits such as lease cars, housing and private education that are income but not paid for taxes. The Trump Organization, the family business of former President Trump and his children, was also charged, including tax fraud and book tampering.
The Trump Organization‘s top people would have arranged the black payments. They would have benefited from it themselves with secret wage increases.
The company and the top man said on Thursday they’re not guilty. Trump spoke of a “witch hunt by the radical left-wing Democrats on Thursday. It divides our country like never before.” A lawyer at The Trump Organization said not to assume that the company will suffer serious damage from the allegations. “If this company had a different name, these charges wouldn‘t have been made.”
The Trump Organization said earlier that the Democratic Prosecutor was only looking to damage the former president. The company has hotels, golf courses and resorts around the world.
Weisselberg was released after announcing the charges, but had to hand in his passport. He is seen as the most important person within The Trump Organization who does not belong to the Trump family, wrote The Washington Post. He has been working for Trump since the 1980s, who made a name for his political career as a real estate tycoon.
The prosecutors once began their investigation into the potential involvement of The Trump Organization in paying silence money to two women who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. This happened in the run-up to the 2016 elections, and the research expanded into The Trump Organization’s relations with a wide range of companies.