Former CFO Allen Weisselberg leaves the courtroom for a lunch break during his New York Supreme Court trial November 17, 2022 in New York City.
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Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is due to be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to multiple tax offenses as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business empire.
Weisselberg, 75, is expected to be sentenced to five months in prison, and he could end up with less when good behavior compensatory time is included. He is expected to begin serving his term at New York’s notorious Rikers Island prison after a 2:15 p.m. ET sentencing hearing before State Judge Juan Mercan.
The former CFO is also expected to be sentenced to pay nearly $2 million in taxes and fines, as well as five years of probation. NBC News and other outlets reported.
Weisselberg pleaded guilty to 15 counts last August, more than a year after he and several Trump businesses were indicted in what prosecutors called a “systematic” scheme to defraud state and federal tax authorities spanning more than 15 years old. Weisselberg was charged by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office with receiving more than $1.7 million in covert compensation as part of this tax evasion scheme.
He pleaded guilty “to put an end to this case and the years of legal and personal nightmares it has caused for him and his family,” his lawyer Nicholas Gravante said at the time.
“Instead of risking 15 years in prison, he agreed to serve 100 days. We are glad that this is behind us,” Gravante said.
Two subsidiaries of the Trump Organization were convicted last month of crimes including tax fraud and falsifying business records following a trial involving Weisselberg, who agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his plea deal.
Weisselberg has been working for the Trump family since 1973. reportedly testified in November that he was still being paid by the Trump organization and that the company was paying his lawyers.
He also pays a prison consultant to help prepare Weisselberg for prison. Reuters reportedwith reference to a person familiar with the matter.
Trump himself was not charged in the case, and he called his company’s conviction “a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in our nation’s history.”
The verdict comes just weeks after Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2024.
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