Manhattan prosecutors are getting frustrated with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and his lack of cooperation with their investigation into the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Monday.
Weisselberg, 73, is the most senior executive at the Trump Organization who isn’t a member of the Trump family. Prosecutors are looking into whether he paid taxes on benefits he received from former President Donald Trump, including leased cars and apartments, the Post reports. The hope has been that he would feel the squeeze and cooperate with a separate investigation into the Trump Organization and whether the company committed financial fraud by manipulating property values to get loans and tax benefits.
Former Trump Organization employees say Weisselberg plays a key role in the company and knows everything about its finances and taxes. He signs most checks and keeps a close eye on all expenses, and “to just say ‘he’s the money man’ actually underestimates his role,” Tristan Snell, the lead on the New York attorney general’s completed investigation into Trump University, told the Post. “He was more than that even. He was the whole enchilada. Allen Weisselberg really ran the whole company.”