The trial was win by Manhattan DA Bragg’s office…
The fine is only $1.6 Million…..
There was 17 counts of criminal actions….
Trump’s money guy, Allen J. Weisselberg, will spend time in New York’s Rikers Island, although one doubts he’ll be in the general population….
The tax fraud trial — which ended with the company’s conviction on 17 counts of tax fraud, a scheme to defraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records — hinged on whether Trump Organization executives who collected the off-the-books perks did so to help the company. Under New York State law, a company can be held criminally liable for the crimes of its top executives if they acted “in behalf of” the company. Ultimately, Justice Merchan ruled that the “in behalf of” phrase would require prosecutors to prove that Mr. Weisselberg was acting not solely to enrich himself, but also to help his employer….
In a statement, the Trump Organization said that its two corporations, as well as Mr. Weisselberg, were victims and that the former executive had been “threatened, intimidated and terrorized.”
“These politically motivated prosecutors will stop at nothing to get President Trump and continue the never ending witch-hunt which began the day he announced his presidency,” the company’s statement said. “We did nothing wrong and we will appeal this verdict.”
In recent days, the Trump Organization parted ways with Mr. Weisselberg, according to people with knowledge of the matter, concluding a half-century of his work for the Trump family.
Yet the company was careful not to turn its back on him. It paid Mr. Weisselberg his bonus for last year, as well as a severance package, the people with knowledge of the matter said.
The payouts come as Mr. Bragg’s prosecutors continues to investigate Mr. Weisselberg’s dealings at the Trump Organization — and potentially as they seek his cooperation with the broader inquiry into the hush money and Mr. Trump’s business practices. While Mr. Weisselberg agreed to testify against the company, he has not turned on Mr. Trump himself.
On Friday, Mr. Bragg referred obliquely to the future of the Trump investigation.
At a news conference in the hallway of the courthouse, he said that the sentencing merely closes one episode of the Trump investigation. “We now move on to the next chapter,” he added….
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