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Ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg nears plea deal ahead of tax fraud trial

The longtime chief financial officer of ex-President Donald Trump’s real estate company of the same name is close to a settlement with Manhattan prosecutors on tax fraud charges, the New York Times reported Monday.

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will not cooperate with a broader investigation into Trump, the Times said, citing two sources. The report did not say whether he would cooperate in the case against the former president’s family business.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney declined to comment. A lawyer for Weisselberg did not respond to a request for comment.

Court records show that Weisselberg also made an unexpected appearance in Manhattan state court on Monday, with another hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted in more than a dozen counts of tax fraud and forgery of business records last July for providing off-the-books benefits to company executives. Weisselberg, 75, initially pleaded not guilty.

Neither an attorney nor a spokeswoman for the company immediately responded to requests for comment.

At a hearing on Friday, the judge in the case said jury selection would begin on October 24.

Trump, a Republican, has described the investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, as well as a parallel civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, as politically motivated “witch hunts.” James and Bragg are both Democrats.

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