The jury was shown Weiselberg’s lease signed by Trump himself
Former President Trump signed a lease on an Upper West Side apartment used by former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, prosecutors showed a jury at the company’s tax evasion trial on Tuesday. Bloomberg reported.
The lease is part of the prosecution’s effort to show that the Trump Organization and its executives engaged in a years-long tax avoidance scheme — one sanctioned by the company’s highest echelons, according to Bloomberg.
Weisselberg, the prosecution’s central witness, reportedly received a $6,500-a-month apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and $10,000 in relocation benefits from the Trump Organization.
The lease agreement shown to jurors on Tuesday stated that the apartment was to be rented by Weisselberg or other company employees and was signed by Trump himself, Bloomberg reported.
The Trump Organization has been indicted on allegations that it provided tax evasion benefits to company executives. The former president himself has not been charged in the case, although the presiding judge said last week that Trump and his three grown children could be called to testify.
However, the trial was stopped later Tuesday after Trump Organization comptroller Jeffrey McConney, the prosecution’s first witness, tested positive for COVID-19.
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