November 21, 2022 10:06 PM
The prosecution in the Trump Organization trial rested its case early, signaling a likely much speedier conclusion than expected.
Experts had predicted the trial, which concerned alleged tax fraud committed by the Trump Organization, would last well into December, the New York Times reported. However, in a sign of confidence, the prosecution declined to bring a star witness to the stand, apparently finding further testimony unnecessary.
The Trump Organization’s former chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, admitted to participating in a tax fraud scheme while in his position, but he claimed he only did it for himself and not on behalf of the company. Despite the latter claim, the prosecution appeared to find the qualified admission sufficient for its case. He also claimed not to have conspired with any Trump relative.
The Trump Organization has been charged with 17 counts of tax fraud, conspiracy, scheme to defraud, and falsification of business records, the report said.
As part of a deal with the district attorney, Weisselberg has pleaded guilty to 15 felonies.