Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, surrendered to authorities in Manhattan early Thursday morning to face, the first stemming from the Manhattan district attorney’s years-long probe into former President Donald Trump’s namesake company.
A grand jury handed down an indictment against the company itself Wednesday evening, sources told CBS News. Weisselberg has come under increasing scrutiny by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office in recent months, given his intimate knowledge of the Trump Organization’s business dealings.
Mary Mulligan, Weisselberg’s attorney, said her client “intends to plead not guilty and he will fight these charges in court.”
The charges, which remain under seal, were expected to relate to alleged failure to pay taxes on corporate perks for Trump Organization employees, like company cars and apartments. Mr. Trump himself was not expected to be charged, his attorneyearlier in the week.
The Manhattan district attorney and the New York attorney general have ramped up their probe into the former president’s business over the past several months. The DA obtained years of Mr. Trump’s tax records in February after a lengthy legal battle that reached the Supreme Court.
Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, claiming prosecutors are “politically motivated” and have been unfairly targeting him since he announced his candidacy for president in 2015.
A spokesperson for the Trump Organization said Thursday morning that Weisselberg was “being used by the Manhattan District Attorney as a pawn in a scorched earth attempt to harm the former president.”
The charges do not preclude additional indictments stemming from the probe.