Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Alan Weisselberg, 73, is accused of receiving $1.76 million (1.58 million euros) in undisclosed benefits over a 15-year period that he should have paid in taxes. The former president’s group was included in the lawsuit, for being a “non-tax benefit provider.”
After leaving the courtroom, Carrie Dunn, a key aide to Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan attorney general and chief prosecutor, defended, in statements to reporters who were on the spot, that the alleged crime related to the former CFO and the Trump empire was a “secret and audacious scheme of illegal payments and tax evasion.” “.
In a statement, Trump’s corporate defense mocked the accusation. “Is that all the prosecutor’s office has?” Ronald Fichte, the former president’s lawyer, was questioned. “In 50 years of working I have never seen an indictment without evidence,” he added.
After all, what does this operation mean for the Trump empire?
In an interview with The Guardian, Barbara Ray, a former senior staff member of the Trump Organization, admitted that when she saw on television that the group’s former chief financial officer had been accused of tax fraud, her mind was only thinking of one name: Donald Trump.
“I think this case will destroy the Trump empire,” Rey asserts.
Louise Sunshine, formerly the group’s executive vice president, has a similar idea. “It’s the beginning of the end of the brand,” he adds, “but Donald always manages to get it off – even if everyone else falls to the ground around him.”