Trump Organization responds after it’s ordered to pay $1.6M in fines in 14 days for financial crimes

Two Trump Organization entities received their sentence after being found guilty of tax fraud-related felonies in December 2022.

Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation must each pay $800,000 in fines, totaling $1.6 million for a range of financial crimes including dodging tax obligations and providing off-the-books compensation and perks to high-level associates. Some of these gifts included “[l]uxury cars, apartments, private school tuition, and other” such accommodations which spanned across fifteen years, according to Fox Business.

A New York jury deliberated for 10 hours before returning with their verdict, finding the two entities guilty of eight felonies in total. Former President Donald Trump is not facing any personal penalty related to the case, though he was found to have “sanctioned illegal activities as the company’s chief executive,” he was not actually involved in the case as it played out in court.

Manhattan District Attorney prosecutors largely built their case off of the testimony of former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg who had already pleaded guilty to cooking the books. Specifically, he admitted to dodging nearly $1.7 million in taxes related to the off-the-books perks he received, including “a free Manhattan apartment, luxury cars and his grandchildren’s private school tuition.” He received a five-month prison sentence and five years of probation in exchange for his testimony, but according to his lawyer, Weisselberg may be eligible for release after three months if he maintains good behavior.

Weisselberg is serving his sentence in the infamous Rikers Island correctional facility, a notoriously dangerous prison. According to jail reform advocate Five Mualimmak-Ak, the former financial chief has managed to snag himself “the safest and the nicest area to serve in Rikers” and will not be forced to mix with the general population there. Other inmates at the location include those awaiting trial for violent crimes such as murder, though Mualimmak-Ak claims Weisselberg is among the more trustworthy prisoners who receive more amenities than their violent counterparts.

The Trump Organization is planning to appeal the verdict, claiming in a statement to Fox Business that it was “unprecedented and legally incorrect.”

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