Aug 12, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Judge denies Trump Organization attempt to dismiss tax fraud case

Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg leaves

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg after a hearing on Aug. 12. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

A judge on Friday reportedly denied a request to dismiss the Manhattan tax fraud case against the Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.

Why it matters: Friday's denial allows the case to move forward to a trial in October, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The decision came after former president Donald Trump suffered another legal blow earlier this week when the FBI searched his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago in a separate criminal investigation.

Catch up quick: Last year, the Manhattan district attorney’s office charged Weisselberg and the Trump family business for allegedly engaging in a 15-year scheme to defraud state and federal tax authorities by compensating top executives with "off the books" perks.

  • Weisselberg and the Trump Organization tried to get the charges dismissed in February, claiming that they were politically motivated, the Times reports.

Details: Judge Juan Merchan dismissed one of the tax fraud counts, per CBS News, but allowed the remaining 14 to stand.

  • Merchan also granted a hearing to hear Weisselberg's arguments to suppress statements he made while in custody in July 2021 after he surrendered himself to authorities, per CNN.

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