Allen Weisselberg, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer and one of President Donald Trump’s longest–serving lieutenants, has surrendered to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office on charges that he and other Trump executives engaged in a long–running tax fraud scheme.
Weisselberg’s lawyers told reporters he planned to plead not guilty to the charges and will fight the case in court.
The Manhattan DA’s office announced the charges against Weisselberg and other Trump execs on Tuesday, alleging they had engaged in a decades–long scheme to siphon money from the Trump Foundation, which was supposed to be a nonprofit charity, to pay for personal and political expenses.
Weisselberg has long been seen as one of the few people who knows the details of how the Trump Organization operated, and was known as “the account” by insiders.
He was called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform during its probe of the Trump Foundation, and his role in the alleged tax scheme was probed by The New York Times.