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Ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in fraud case

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News on

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Donald Trump’s convicted former finance chief Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to new perjury charges in a Manhattan court on Monday.

The retired chief financial officer pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury at a brief hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court stemming from his testimony in the attorney general’s investigation of the former president’s civil fraud case, which recently ended with a staggering judgment against Trump and his company execs totaling nearly half a billion dollars.

Weisselberg admitted he lied during his testimony on October 10 and months previously in his May deposition.

Prosecutors at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office requested a term of five months in prison.

A spokeswoman for Bragg did not initially wish to comment.

Weisselberg, 79, last year served almost 100 days in jail in a separate criminal tax fraud case brought by the Manhattan DA related to his work at the Trump Organization.

 

The judge presiding over the separate civil fraud case — brought by the New York attorney general — in February asked lawyers for both sides in the case if there was truth to news reports Weisselberg was going to plead guilty to perjuring himself at the trial.

His October testimony came to a halt when lawyers for the AG notified the court of potential omissions following a bombshell Forbes report claiming he was lying.

The Forbes report said, contrary to Weisselberg’s testimony, a “review of old emails and notes, some of which the attorney general’s office does not possess, [showing] that Weisselberg absolutely thought about Trump’s apartment — and played a key role in trying to convince Forbes over the course of several years that it was worth more than it really was.”

Trump last week failed to convince an appeals court to let him secure a fraction of the judgment in the fraud case while he appeals it.

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