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Ex-Trump Org. official Allen Weisselberg expected to plead guilty in tax case

Ex-Trump Org. official Allen Weisselberg expected to plead guilty in tax case

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges tied to his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in an investigation of former President Donald Trump’s businesses, according to two people familiar with the matter and a public court filing.

Weisselberg’s plea could come as soon as 9 a.m. Thursday. Terms of the expected deal were not immediately disclosed.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were charged as part of what prosecutors described as an “off the books” scheme over 15 years to help top officials in the Trump Organization avoid paying taxes. Weisselberg, 74, was accused of avoiding paying taxes on $1.7 million of his income.

Weisselberg, who surrendered in June 2021 after his indictment, had been set for trial in October.

Last week, the judge, Juan Merchan, denied Weisselberg’s attempt to dismiss the charges, saying the evidence presented to a grand jury was “legally sufficient.”

A spokesperson for Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg declined to comment.

The Trump Organization faces separate charges, but there is no allegation of criminal wrongdoing against Trump, who has faced long-simmering criminal investigations on multiple fronts that have captured national attention since the FBI’s search of his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, last Monday.

Law enforcement officials have faced a number of threats in the wake of the search, with some Trump supporters calling for “civil war” and one attacking an FBI field office. A man in Pennsylvania was arrested Monday and charged with making threats on the right-wing social media website Gab.

Tom Winter is a New York-based correspondent covering crime, courts, terrorism and financial fraud on the East Coast for the NBC News Investigative Unit.

Jonathan Dienst is a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York, leading its investigative reporting team and covering justice and law enforcement issues.

Adam Reiss

Adam Reiss is a reporter and producer for NBC and MSNBC.

Ryan J. Reilly is a justice reporter for NBC News.

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