Legal analysts have been waiting months, if not years, for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to file criminal charges against Donald J. Trump and his family business. The wait is finally over. They filed the accusations on Thursday against Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s longstanding chief financial officer, and certain corporate components of the corporation, based on a 15-year plot to evade taxes on executive and staff compensation.
According to the indictment, The Trump Organization offered rent-free residences, car leases, cash bonuses, and private school tuition as part of its remuneration. However, it failed to explain this income correctly and did not pay the required federal, state, and local taxes.
As part of the conspiracy, Weisselberg, a beneficiary, allegedly neglected to pay personal taxes on this money. According to the Trump Organization, Weisselberg was used as a “pawn in a scorched-earth attempt to destroy the former president.” They dismissed the charges after Weisselberg, and the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty.
But, since the long-awaited indictment has been unsealed, we must wonder what it reveals about these and the likelihood of further criminal charges against more defendants? To begin with, the charges are more severe than previous reports indicated.