Prosecutors have discovered a tranche of evidence in the basement of a co-conspirator in the Trump Organization tax fraud case, a defense lawyer for indicted chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg revealed in court on Monday, with the attorney also signaling that more shoes are yet to drop in New York’s ongoing investigation. “We have strong reason to believe there could be other indictments coming,” Weisselberg’s lawyer, Bryan C. Skarlatos, said in Manhattan criminal court on Monday. Skarlatos also referenced a private conversation that Weisselberg—along with his defense lawyers and prosecutors—had with the judge before proceedings were open to the public, revealing that prosecutors had discovered tax documents related to Donald Trump’s company in the basement of an unnamed co-conspirator. It’s unclear who that co-conspirator might be, but according to two sources close to the investigation, prosecutors have been more closely scrutinizing Matthew Calamari, a Trump bodyguard who rose through the ranks to become the company’s chief operating officer. Others have theorized that it might be Jeff McConney, the company comptroller who has long served as Weisselberg’s deputy—and who has already testified before the grand jury. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted on June 30 in New York State court and charged with criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records, grand larceny, and scheming to defraud the government. In the indictment, prosecutors alleged that Trump Organization ran a 15-year scheme in which it paid high-level executives a huge chunk of their real salaries “off the books.” Such a scheme, in theory, would benefit the company because it could give officers perks in place of wage increases to avoid payroll taxes. The indictment is the culmination of a three-year investigation by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who has since joined forces with New York Attorney General Letitia James. Both are . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: 2005, 2017, August, Monday, 15-year, June 30, three-year, September of next year
MONEY: $1.76 million
PERSON: Trump, Cy Vance, Skarlatos, Weisselberg, Juan Merchan, Jeff McConney, Letitia James, Donald Trump’s, Mary E. Mulligan, Matthew Calamari, Allen Weisselberg, Solomon Shinerock, Bryan C. Skarlatos,
CARDINAL: two, Three, more than 3 million