The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office have obtained indictments against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News on Wednesday.
The charges, handed up by a New York grand jury, are expected to be unsealed in court Thursday afternoon in Manhattan, one Trump representative told NBC News.
The charges stem from a scheme to pay compensation to Weisselberg and possibly others “off the books” by the Trump Organization.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has declined to comment on a report that indictments have already been filed against the Trump Organization and Weisselberg.
NBC News reported last week that District Attorney Cy Vance’s office was expected to charge the Trump Organization as early as this week.
The charges come amid an investigation Vance has been conducting into a variety of allegations of financial improprieties against former President Donald Trump’s company. Vance’s office had been looking into criminal conduct at the Trump Organization, court documents previously showed, such as falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that the charges would be filed Thursday, including against Weisselberg.
NBC News reported in March that Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, had spoken multiple times with investigators and that Vance was investigating whether Trump employees, including the Weisselbergs, were able to avoid paying taxes in exchange for fringe benefits, such as an apartment.
The investigation appeared to speed up once Vance’s office won a lengthy battle in February to obtain Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns and underlying financial documents.
Last week, an attorney for the Trumps, Ron Fischetti, called the impending charges “completely outrageous” and said they were being pursued because Weisselberg didn’t cooperate with investigators.
“They could not get him to cooperate because he would not say that Donald Trump had knowledge or any information that he may have been not deducting properly the use of cars or an apartment,” he said.
Source : NBC News