On Friday in New York, a court found the Trump Organization guilty of financial and tax fraud and imposed the “maximum” fine allowed by law. Conviction coinciding with Trump's bid for the Republican nomination for president in the 2024 election
The Trump Organization, the family business of former U.S. President Donald Trump, was fined $1.6 million by a New York court on Friday, January 13, 2019, for engaging in financial and tax fraud. This is the first time the collective has faced criminal charges; in 2023, they will go through an even more extensive civil trial.
The American billionaire's group was on trial for tax evasion and falsifying accounting declarations, specifically for trying to hide from the tax services the financial compensation that was received by certain senior leaders. The group had been seeking the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election.
As the title suggests, “Maximum Lovers”
prosecutor Alvin Bragg said in a statement, “Today, the maximum fines allowed by law were imposed upon former President Trump's businesses as a result of historic convictions for a total of 17 misdemeanour felonies.”
Specifically, between 2005 and 2018, the Trump Organization (which includes golf courses, five-star hotels, and real estate properties) was accused of providing financial or in-kind benefits to its top executives, and then hiding those benefits from the tax authorities.
Former company financial director and longtime Trump confidant Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to 15 charges on Tuesday, and was sentenced to five months in prison and a fine of more than $2 million in the same case. The conviction and sentence both relate to the same incident.
Allen Weisselberg, 75, who started working as an accountant for Donald Trump Sr. in 1973, walked away handcuffed after his sentence was announced and headed in the direction of the prison on Rikers Island to serve his time. Since 1973, Weisselberg served in Fred Trump Sremploy. .'s
Over the course of several years, he was said to have received about $1.76 million in unreported income from perks like the free rental of a Manhattan mansion, the provision of Mercedes cars, and the payment of private school tuition for his grandchildren.
Trump's loved ones accompanied him to court.
The Trump Organization, through one of his attorneys, Susan Necheles, stated on December 6 that she would appeal, while simultaneously attempting to place the blame on Allen. Weisselberg and claiming that Trump had “declared under oath to have ‘betrayed' the trust (of) the company.” An announcement of the appeal was made while trying to pin the blame on Allen Weisselberg. The announcer claimed under oath that he had “declared under oath (to)
Despite his repeated claims of being the victim of a “witch hunt,” Donald Trump is not currently facing any charges or being tried in any court proceedings; however, he is aware of the mounting court documents in preparation for the Republican primary for president in 2024.
Special prosecutor Jack Smith is looking into the January 6, 2021 attack on Congress carried out by his supporters and the attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, both of which have received significant media attention (2017-2021).
Even if the billionaire is not indicted on criminal charges, he and three of his children—Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka—will still have to appear in New York civil court to answer for allegations that they engaged in fraudulent tax practises while employed by the Trump Organization.
To obtain more favourable loans from banks or to reduce its tax liability, the Trump family is accused by New York State's Attorney General Letitia James of having “deliberately” manipulated the valuations of the group's assets. She is seeking $250 million in damages on behalf of the state, as well as an injunction barring the former president and his family members from holding executive positions in private businesses.