Top Trump Organization official not expected to be charged by Manhattan district attorney in fraud case, lawyer says

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Protesters sign up outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, on October 18.Carlo Allegri / Reuters

Calamari’s attorney said the Manhattan district attorney does not plan to indict Matthew Calamari, the chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, in a fraud that accuses the former US president’s firm and its chief financial officer.

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“Mr. Calamari is pleased that the District Attorney’s office has indicated that it has no intention of making charges against him. That is a fair and just decision. He has committed no crime and led an exemplary life.” Nicolas Gravante, Calamari’s lawyer, said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office declined to comment.

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An indictment that closed in July accused the Trump Organization and its CFO Alan Weiselberg of tax fraud stemming from an investigation into Trump’s business and its practices.

That indictment states that the company provided allowances and benefits, such as rent-free apartments and leased cars, to Weiselberg and other executives without proper reporting on the tax return. Weiselberg and company both pleaded not guilty. Trump himself has not been charged.

Earlier this month, a source told Reuters that the Manhattan District Attorney had convened another grand jury to weigh potential new charges in a case involving the Trump Organization. The second grand jury was expected to investigate how the company valued its assets.

The criminal case stems from an investigation by Vance in collaboration with New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Trump has called the allegations politically motivated.

Trump’s company operates hotels, golf courses and resorts around the world. Before entering the White House in January 2017, Trump put it into a trust overseen by Weiselberg, along with his adult sons Donald Jr. and Eric.

Calamari’s son, Matthew Calamari Jr., testified before a grand jury in September and has immunity from possible prosecution, a source told Reuters earlier in November.

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