Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg has been denied a motion to dismiss a number of tax fraud allegations against him, a New York judge ruled Friday.
Weisselberg, a longtime Trump confidante, briefly appeared in the Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday morning to try to have the Manhattan District Attorney’s charges dropped against him.
New York Chief Justice Juan Merchan ruled against Weisselberg’s parole motion over alleged insufficient evidence and discriminatory animus.
The judge said a full written order explaining his decision will be released later. Weisselberg’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 12 and jury selection in his trial is scheduled for October 24.
Weisselberg, 74, pleaded not guilty to counts of tax fraud, conspiracy, grand theft and falsifying business records in July last year.
Prosecutors allege in the indictment that Weisselberg and the Trump Organization engaged in a 15-year tax fraud scheme to pay the company’s CFO and other executives in “a manner that was ‘off the books’.”
Weisselberg is accused of receiving more than $1.7 million in “indirect compensation” during those 15 years — including free rent in a Manhattan apartment, luxury cars and private school tuition for his family, according to the indictment.
His attorney did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment after Friday’s request was dismissed.
The charges against the Trump loyalist were the first charges filed by former Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance last year as part of an investigation into the finances of the former president’s business empire.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is also investigating the finances of the Trump Organization.
Trump on Wednesday declined to answer questions from New York prosecutors about his resort and real estate business in an investigation separate from the alleged tax fraud involving Weisselberg.
“I have declined to answer questions regarding the rights and privileges accorded to every citizen under the United States Constitution,” Trump said in a statement, citing the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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