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Ex-Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg sentenced to 5 months in jail for perjury in fraud trial

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s loyal longtime finance chief Allen Weisselberg headed back to Rikers Island for five months on Wednesday for perjuring himself during the New York attorney general’s civil fraud case against the ex-president.

Weisselberg, 76, was sentenced days before Trump is set to face his first criminal trial on Monday in an unrelated criminal case regarding alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and others.

He was led into a Manhattan Criminal Court holding cell wearing handcuffs and a black windbreaker just after 9:30 a.m. following a brief sentencing where he told the judge he had nothing to say.

In a statement to the Daily News, Weisselberg’s attorney Seth Rosenberg said he had “accepted responsibility for his conduct and now looks forward to the end of this life-altering experience and to returning to his family and his retirement.”

Weisselberg will serve out his term at Rikers’ West Facility, originally built to house people with infectious diseases. It’s mainly used today to detain high-profile prisoners or those believed to pose a security risk.

The retired Trump Organization chief financial officer, who decamped to Florida following his last jail stint for tax fraud, copped on March 4 to two counts of perjury — admitting he lied during the bombshell civil fraud case and the investigation that preceded it, culminating with almost half a billion dollars in fines against Trump and his executives.

 

Weisselberg, who once described himself as Trump’s financial “eyes and ears,” lied three times about his prior knowledge of the actual value of Trump’s Manhattan penthouse at Trump Tower during depositions in 2020 and 2023 and on the witness stand in October. Evidence showed that Trump and execs at his real estate empire falsely logged the triplex as 33,000 square feet in business deals — three times its actual size — inflating its worth by up to $200 million.

At various points, Weisselberg claimed that he didn’t “delve into the numbers,” that the triplex wasn’t his concern, and that he wasn’t aware of the bogus valuation until Forbes reported on it in 2017. His trial testimony, mostly filled with “I don’t remember,” was first called into question when Forbes reported Weisselberg had for years been trying to convince the magazine that the apartment was worth more than it was.

In truth, “Weisselberg was significantly involved in determining what methodology and numbers were used to value properties,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office wrote in the criminal complaint filed last month.

With prosecutors agreeing not to try him for more crimes, Wednesday’s sentencing caps a disastrous few years for Weisselberg, who was first hired by the Trump family as a bookkeeper by Donald’s father, Fred Trump, in the early 1970s.

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