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Ex-Trump Org. official Allen Weisselberg expected to plead guilty in tax case

Weisselberg is expected to be sentenced to five months in the case brought by Manhattan prosecutors over a tax avoidance scheme they allege ran for 15 years, sources say.
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Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges tied to his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in an investigation of former President Donald Trump's businesses, according to two people familiar with the matter and a public court filing.

Weisselberg is expected to be sentenced to 5 months in jail as part of that plea which could come as soon as Thursday morning, the two sources said.

Other terms of the plea were not immediately disclosed, but the sources said that Weisselberg is expected to cooperate against the Trump Organization itself. There is no indication he will cooperate in any investigation into the former president, however.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were charged as part of what prosecutors described as an “off the books” scheme over 15 years to help top officials in the Trump Organization avoid paying taxes. Weisselberg, 74, was accused of avoiding paying taxes on $1.7 million of his income.

Weisselberg, who surrendered in June 2021 after his indictment, had been set for trial in October.

Last week, the judge, Juan Merchan, denied Weisselberg's attempt to dismiss the charges, saying the evidence presented to a grand jury was "legally sufficient."

A spokesperson for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg declined to comment.

The Trump Organization faces separate charges, but there is no allegation of criminal wrongdoing against Trump, who has faced long-simmering criminal investigations on multiple fronts that have captured national attention since the FBI's search of his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, last Monday.

Law enforcement officials have faced a number of threats in the wake of the search, with some Trump supporters calling for "civil war" and one attacking an FBI field office. A man in Pennsylvania was arrested Monday and charged with making threats on the right-wing social media website Gab.