Allen Weisselberg, a Top Trump Executive, Pleads Guilty in Tax Scheme

Thursday - 18/08/2022 11:55
Mr. Weisselberg has refused to cooperate in the Manhattan district attorney’s broader investigation into Donald J. Trump and his family business.
Allen Weisselberg, left, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday to plead guilty to 15 felonies.Credit...Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times
Allen Weisselberg, left, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday to plead guilty to 15 felonies.Credit...Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

One of Donald J. Trump’s most trusted executives stood before a judge on Thursday and pleaded guilty to 15 felonies, admitting that he conspired with Mr. Trump’s company to carry out a scheme to avoid paying taxes on lavish perks — even while refusing to implicate the former president himself.

As part of the plea deal with the Manhattan district attorney’s office, the executive, Allen H. Weisselberg, is required to testify at the company’s trial if prosecutors choose to call on him, and to admit his role in conspiring with Mr. Trump’s company to carry out the tax scheme. That testimony could tilt the scales against the company, the Trump Organization, as it prepares for an October trial related to the same accusations.

“Yes, your honor,” Mr. Weisselberg said again and again in response to detailed questions from the judge, Juan Merchan, who asked whether he and the Trump Organization committed the criminal conduct underlying each of the 15 counts.

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