New York’s attorney general is now investigating the Trump Organization for criminal offenses, it emerged on Tuesday night.
The office, led by Letitia James, had been investigating the company for civil tax offenses since 2018. The investigation has now escalated.
‘We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature,’ said Fabien Levy, a spokesman for the office.
‘We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA.’
Trump, seen on May 18, has been informed his organization is under criminal investigation
The district attorney’s office, led by Cyrus Vance, has been investigating possible criminal tax fraud.
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Those payments were made between 2012 and 2019 using checks signed by both Trump and Weisselberg, it is claimed.
They are said to have been made as a form of financial assistance to Weisselberg’s son Barry and his ex-wife Jessica so their two children could attend the school.
Barry managed Trump’s ice rink in New York’s Central Park on a salary of $223,000, until the city officials axed their contract with the ex-president this year.
He claims not to have been able to afford for his children to pay to attend Columbia Grammar & Prep, located on New York’s Upper West Side.
His former spouse Jennifer has claimed they believed the school fees were part of Barry’s payment package.
Vance’s investigation is said to center on whether the fee payments should have been flagged as gifts or loans, rather than as ‘financial assistance.’
If so, they should have incurred tax, meaning the Weisselbergs may have evaded their dues to the IRS with the payment arrangement.
The school has indicated it will comply with the prosecutor’s request.
Weisselberg has not been accused of or charged with any crime, and Trump has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.