“We have strong reason to believe that other indictments may follow,” Wesselberg’s attorney Brian Scarlatos said at a pre-trial hearing in the New York state Supreme Court.
Holding a manila envelope that had a bulge, Scarlatos said the parties met in the judge’s chambers before the court hearing.
“It was represented by us [district attorney’s office] That this package contains documents found in the basement of a co-conspirator that are tax documents,” Scarlatos said.
The indictment also alleges the former president’s famed business, but Donald Trump himself has not been charged.
According to prosecutors, the alleged scheme allowed Weiselberg to evade taxes on $1.76 million in income in a period beginning in 2005. Weiselberg is also accused of hiding his residence in New York City to avoid paying the city’s income taxes.
Weiselberg has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Monday’s hearing was Weiselberg’s first court appearance since appearing this summer.
His lawyer did not identify whether Wesselberg’s team expects to face indictment in the Vance investigation, but prosecutors are investigating other top Trump org. Employees including Matthew Calamari, Sr., the company’s chief operating officer, and his son, Trump Org. Matthew Calamari, Jr.’s corporate director of security.
Granthshala has previously reported that the father and son are being investigated by prosecutors to determine whether they paid taxes on subsidized rent and cars received as profits from the company.
After the hearing on Monday, a lawyer for Calamaris said in a statement that, “we remain in discussions with the District Attorney’s office” concerning Calamari, senior counsel, Nick Gravante, who said he believes There is no basis” for indictment” Kalamari, Sr.
“If they currently intend to indict him, I would have been informed. I have not been and in fact, have been informed to the contrary,” Gravante said.
In Monday’s short hearing, Scarlatos cited a dispute between the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and attorneys for the Trump Organization, saying he is “worried” that his client “becomes collateral damage in a major fight” between the two. .
Solomon Shinrock, a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, responded to Weiselberg’s lawyer, saying, “Mr. Weiselberg is the boss. Mr. Weiselberg is also not an innocent party caught as collateral damage.”
The remainder of the hearing focused on the effort by the defense to obtain scheduling and lengthy timelines for the motions.
After Scarlatos argued that a large amount of documents had been handed over to defense lawyers by the prosecution, the judge asked the judge for an expanded schedule of motions.
Shinrock countered that “Alan Weiselberg is no stranger to these documents.”
The judge agreed to a 120-day motion schedule to begin in January, but said that “many of the documents came from the defendants themselves” and that their claims of needing to go through millions of documents were “a bit misleading”, as they Are “familiar with most documents.”
The next court date was set for July 12, 2022, with a trial date not expected until August or early September.
In a statement released after the hearing, Weiselberg’s legal team said they had “studied the indictment and it is full of unsupported and flawed factual and legal claims regarding Alan Weiselberg.”
“We look forward to challenging those claims in court,” his lawyers said.
This story has been updated with additional details.
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