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Trump Organization, ex-CFO to face October criminal tax fraud trial in Recent York

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Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg arrives for his arraignment hearing in Recent York State Supreme Court within the Manhattan borough of Recent York City, Recent York, U.S., July 1, 2021.

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A Recent York state judge on Friday refused to dismiss criminal tax fraud charges against Donald Trump’s namesake company and its longtime financial chief, certainly one of a slew of legal battles involving the previous U.S. president.

Justice Juan Merchan in Manhattan also said jury selection for the trial of the Trump Organization and its former Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg will begin on Oct. 24, 15 days before the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

Donald Trump is just not among the many defendants.

The judge rejected arguments by Trump’s Recent York City-based company and Weisselberg that they’d been selectively prosecuted, and that federal courts were higher positioned to find out whether the Internal Revenue Service had been defrauded, amongst other bids to dismiss charges.

The judge did toss one charge from the 15-count indictment against the Trump Organization since it had been brought too late.

Hearings on other motions are scheduled for September.

Within the indictment, the Trump Organization and Weisselberg are accused of getting defrauded tax authorities over 15 years by awarding “off-the-books” advantages to company executives.

Weisselberg was charged with evading $1.7 million of income, including rent for a Manhattan apartment, lease payments for 2 Mercedes-Benz vehicles and tuition for relations, with Trump signing checks for the schooling himself.

Other charges within the indictment include scheming to defraud, tax fraud and falsifying business records.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty. The Trump Organization could face fines and other penalties. Weisselberg can be charged with grand larceny, which carries a maximum 15-year prison term on conviction.

The costs arose from an investigation by former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Vance’s probe into Donald Trump’s activities appeared to lose steam after Alvin Bragg succeeded him as district attorney in January.

Two prosecutors who had been leading the probe resigned in February, and one, Mark Pomerantz, has said he believed felony charges ought to be brought against the Republican former president but that Bragg indicated he had doubts.

Bragg’s office has said the investigation is constant.

Friday’s hearing got here as america is asking a federal judge in Florida to unseal a search warrant executed on Monday at Trump’s Florida residence, together with a redacted list of the items retrieved by FBI agents.

Individually, Trump spent several hours on Wednesday in a deposition for Recent York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil probe into his business practices. 

Trump refused to reply questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination.

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