According to The New York Times
and NBC News
, the Manhattan district attorney
's office may soon file criminal charges against the Trump Organization
, which are related to fringe benefits provided by the company to one of its top executives. The charges could be filed as soon as next week.
Former President Donald Trump
's lawyers have already been notified of the possible charges by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
According to the New York Times, Trump's legal team met with prosecutors this week to try to persuade them to drop the charges; such meetings are "routine in white-collar criminal investigations."
Vance has been investigating the Trump Organization for three years, and in previous court documents, he stated that he was looking into “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct” at the former president’s business
, but he has yet to file any criminal charges against the company.
Charges, however, appear to be on the horizon.
JUST IN: The Manhattan District Attorney's office is expected to charge Trump Organization with a crime
as soon as next week, according to multiple people
familiar with the situation, according to @NBCNews. @Tom_Winter has the latest. pic.twitter.com/eHP6UOWCkG — MSNBC
(@MSNBC) June 25, 2021
According to the New York Times and NBC News, Vance's office is looking into whether corporate perks and gifts
given to Allen Weisselberg
, the Trump Organization's chief financial officer, were accurately recorded in the company's ledgers and properly accounted for on tax returns.
The Trump Organization allegedly paid Weisselberg and his son, Barry, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars in fringe benefits.
Jennifer Weisselberg, Weisselberg's former daughter-in-law, stated earlier this year that the longtime CFO and his son were "extremely enabled and had no accountability" during Trump's presidency.
“Weisselberg does lie. He has perjured himself with the presidential inaugural committee, with most depositions,” she said on MSNBC in May, adding that her father-in-law would “flip” on Trump if prosecutors went after his children
The impending charges against the Trump Organization, according to NBC News’ Tom Winter, are related to tax evasion.
According to Winter, Trump's lawyer, Ron Fischetti, called the allegations "completely outrageous."