The alleged tax fraud trial against former President Donald Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, faces its final phase with defense arguments this Thursday, after which prosecutors are expected to continue and the jury deliberates in the coming weeks. Will retire to discuss.
The Manhattan prosecutor’s office has accused the company of operating a tax evasion scheme for more than 15 years in which executives were allegedly paid “under the table”, giving them a significant portion of their compensation so that they could reduce your taxable share.
Over the course of five weeks, and with a break due to positive COVID-19, the prosecutor’s office tried to convince the jury that the conspiracy had reached the highest level of responsibility against the defense argument that its orchestrators had orchestrated it for their own benefit. Worked. and not from the company.
One of the star witnesses is Alan Wesselberg, who was the Trump Organization’s financial director for years and who, after being accused of involvement in that conspiracy, agreed with the prosecutor’s office to plead guilty in exchange for a reduced sentence. Take a stand during testing.
As a witness for the prosecutor’s office, Wesselberg confirmed the existence of the tax evasion system and that it benefited both him and the company, but insisted that he acted in his own interest when asked by the defense, so your Explanation words can be prominent.
Defense attorneys used that loophole during their closing arguments before the jury today, in which they raised the same motto several times: “Weiselberg did it for Weiselbeg”, and advanced that the man “should go to jail”. Going to do”.
It is expected that defense arguments will continue throughout the day today and prosecution arguments will continue until tomorrow, Friday, after which the jury will receive instructions from Judge Juan Marchen, and could begin its deliberations next week .
If convicted in this lawsuit, the company could be fined more than one million dollars and face certain limitations on conducting its business.