Trump Organization chief executive should not be charged in fraud investigation, lawyer says

The Trump organization’s chief operating officer, Matthew Calamari, who was under investigation by prosecutors as part of a broad investigation into the former president’s company, should not be charged in this case. case, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Calamari’s attorney, Nicholas Gravante Jr., confirmed to NBC News that prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office told him that “at the present time, they have no intention of the charge”.

A spokesperson for District Attorney Cy Vance declined to comment on Gravante’s statement, which was first reported by The New York Times.

The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, were indicted in July in what prosecutors described as a 15-year program to compensate senior executives at former President Donald Trump’s company official ”and help them avoid paying taxes.

The Trump Organization has pleaded not guilty to charges of tax evasion and falsification of business documents. Weisselberg, 74, pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and tax evasion, among others, after prosecutors accused him of personally avoiding taxes on $ 1.7 million of his income.

The the Wall Street newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, reported in June that Calamari, Trump’s former bodyguard, was under investigation into whether he too was receiving tax-free benefits from the company. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to NBC News in June that Calamari was under investigation.

In September, NBC reported that Calamari’s son Matthew Calamari Jr., who also works for the company, was called to testify before the grand jury during the district attorney’s investigation into whether Trump and his company had misleads banks, insurance companies or the state. of New York on its tax returns as to the value of its properties or the internal financial workings of its company.

Vance’s investigation, which led to two Supreme Court fights and forced Trump’s accountants to file his tax returns, has been ongoing since at least the summer of 2019.

Vance has indicated that he intends to complete the investigation by the end of his tenure, which expires Dec.31. He will be replaced by fellow Democrat Alvin Bragg, who investigated the now-closed Trump Foundation when he was with the New York state attorney. General’s office.

Ask by Ari Melber from MSNBC in June on how he would approach the Trump Organization’s investigation, Bragg said, “I’m going where the facts go.”

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