Allen Weisselberg was sentenced in New York on Tuesday.
The longtime CFO of the real estate group of former US President Donald Trump (76) has been sentenced to five months in prison for tax fraud, among other things. The sentence for Allen Weisselberg (75), who had already pleaded guilty last summer, was officially announced by Manhattan’s chief prosecutor Alvin Bragg (49) on Tuesday in New York. “In Manhattan, you have to play by the rules no matter who you work for,” Bragg said.
Weisselberg had previously testified in the process that he and other employees had systematically cheated the tax authorities for years. Monetary benefits such as luxury cars and expensive apartments were not taxed.
A lighter sentence thanks to a confession
With his confession, Weisselberg escaped a possible prison sentence of up to 15 years. In addition to the prison sentence, Weisselberg received an additional five years’ probation and had to pay a total of almost two million US dollars in taxes and fines due.
In the process in December, ex-President Trump’s complex real estate construct was also found guilty. Trump was not personally accused. But it was the first criminal conviction of his group. The Trump Organization and another accused company in the group could face a fine of up to $1.7 million. The company’s lawyers said they would appeal. (SDA)