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Three years after he began his criminal investigation of Donald trumpTrump Organization and its executives, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, reportedly expected to collect from the former president’s company and his financial director, Allen Weisselberg, with tax crimes on Thursday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Obviously, this marks a major escalation of the investigation, and presumably Trump will respond to the news by lashing out like a man increasingly concerned that prison may be in his future.

According to the Daily, Weisselberg and the company are expected to face charges related to allegedly avoiding paying taxes on fringe benefits. For months Cyrus Vance Jr.The office has been investigating whether benefits that were awarded to the CFO (and other employees), including cars, corporate apartments, and private school tuition, were a way to evade money owed to the IRS. In addition to reportedly obtaining Weisselberg’s personal tax returns, the district attorney’s office obtained a trove of financial documents from his former daughter-in-law, Jennifer Weisselberg, whose ex-husband, Barry Weisselberg, He is also a long-time employee of the company. (In his divorce filing, Barry was unable to answer a number of questions about his taxes, and when asked if taxes had been paid on the Trump Organization-owned apartment where his family lived previously, he said he did not know. Between what he said he earned and what he actually reported on the tax forms, he replied, “I’m not an accountant. I know what I’m making. I’m not quite sure about certain things.”)

While Weisselberg has so far refused to cooperate with the investigation, be personally charged, and contemplate spending time in prison, he could obviously change his decision regarding testifying against Trump, and if he did, it would certainly be a very, Very bad. turn of events for the 45th president. Weisselberg has described himself as the “eyes and ears” of the company from a financial standpoint, and could presumably connect any number of points about possible crimes committed by Trump.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily:

If prosecutors could show that the Trump Organization and its executives consistently avoided paying taxes, they could press more serious charges alleging a plan, the lawyers said.

Weisselberg and his attorneys have not commented on the investigation or the impending charges. Trump has denied the wrongdoing, saying the investigations, conducted by Democratic-led offices, are politically motivated. Earlier this week, he said in a statement that the case consists of “things that are standard practice throughout the US business community and in no way a crime.”

The tax-related investigation is part of a larger criminal investigation into whether the Trump Organization and its officials overvalued and undervalued their assets in loan documents, taxes and insurance for financial gain, the daily has reported. The criminal investigation, led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the civil investigation, conducted by the New York attorney general, have looked at financial transactions surrounding some of the same properties, including the property of Mr. Trump. in Seven Springs, in Westchester, New York, and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the daily has reported. Investigations from both offices remain open, and any charges filed Thursday would not preclude future action. The attorney general’s civil investigation could result in a lawsuit against the Trump Organization or its officials. The criminal investigation could also lead to additional charges in the future.

As Weisselberg’s former daughter-in-law told Air Mail in April, “Trump doesn’t care about Allen, but Allen knows all the bad things he did.”

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