Trump Organization Chief Operating Officer Michael Calamari will not be charged with tax fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney, his attorney has confirmed.
Mr Calamari, who once served as former US President Donald Trump’s bodyguard, is being investigated by New York prosecutors for allegedly receiving tax-exempt fringe benefits from the Trump Organization. Mr Trump and his company’s employees were accused of illegally evading paying taxes on such allowances.
“I have been informed that there is no intention to make charges against Mr Calamari,” said his lawyer, Nicolas Gravente. “We believe this is a fair and just decision. What the future holds in terms of the District Attorney’s ongoing investigation is not known to anyone.”
He said: “Mr. Kalamari is pleased that the district attorney’s office has indicated that there is no intention to bring charges against him. It is a fair and just decision. He has not committed any crime and has led an exemplary life.” “
The lawyer said he would cooperate with law enforcement officials if Mr. Kalamari is served a summons. He said: “If called to testify, he will appear and testify truthfully.”
In July, the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer Alan Weiselberg were charged with carrying out an “extensive and audacious” tax fraud scheme over the course of 15 years.
Among the 15 felony cases was that Mr Weiselberg was awarded $1.7m in non-tax benefits such as apartment rent, school tuition and car payments. Both the Trump Organization and Mr Weiselberg have pleaded not guilty to all charges, and a trial is expected to begin in September 2022.
An indictment that was closed in July stated that “plan beneficiaries received a substantial portion of their income through indirect and disguised means, with compensation that was unrestricted or misappropriated by Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corp.” was reported”.
Lawyers for the Trump Organization called the indictment “politically motivated.”
Earlier this month, the Manhattan District Attorney convened a grand jury to weigh potential new charges in a case related to the Trump Organization.
Meanwhile, Mr Vance’s prosecutors on Wednesday issued fresh summons for records at Mr Trump’s hotel, golf club and office buildings, the new York Times informed of. Prosecutors also interviewed a banker employed by Deutsche Bank, Mr Trump’s top lender, it said.
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Credit: www.independent.co.uk / district attorney