[Ed. – Tax law experts said on the Thursday evening shows that this is pretty bogus. It involves others in the organization, but the tax discrepancies found normally result in fines and back taxes. Greg Jarrett and Alan Dershowitz both said the charges against Weisselberg should be eminently challengeable in court. Payment via fringe benefits is not a fraud scheme; media are overhyping that. I assume Weisselberg is being indicted so he can be sweated by prosecutors to allege something against the Trumps themselves.]
Trump himself was not charged with any wrongdoing, but prosecutors noted he signed some of the checks at the center of the case. And one top prosecutor said the 15-year scheme was “orchestrated by the most senior executives” at the Trump Organization.
It is the first criminal case to come out New York authorities’ two-year investigation into the former president’s business dealings.
According to the indictment, from 2005 through this year, the Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg cheated tax authorities by conspiring to pay senior executives off the books by way of lucrative fringe benefits and other means.