Trump Organization: Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to tax crimes

The former chief financial officer at Donald Trump’s company has pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges at a New York court.

Allen Weisselberg, one of the longest serving executives at The Trump Organization, had been charged with concealing more than $1.7m (£1.4m) in off-the-books income.

He is expected to be sentenced to five months at the notorious Rikers Island jail and must pay back the owed money.

Mr Trump has not been charged.

The former president – who is not accused of wrongdoing in the case – has described the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation as a witch hunt.

It relates to a 15-year scheme that prosecutors say helped executives at The Trump Organization avoid paying taxes on corporate benefits such as rent, luxury car payments and private school fees.

The inquiry focused on whether Weisselberg and other executives received these benefits without reporting them properly on their tax returns.

And at the plea hearing on Thursday, the 75-year-old…

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