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Allen Weisselberg, Chief Financial Officer of Trump Organization Inc., Center, arrives at a criminal court in New York, United States, on Monday, September 20, 2021.
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A lawyer for the Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg told a judge on Monday that further charges are expected in the criminal tax fraud case against the company of former President Donald Trump and his longtime board member.
The judge said he expected a trial in late August or early September 2022.
“We have good reason to believe there might be more charges,” Weisselberg’s attorney Bryan Skarlatos told the Manhattan Supreme Court, NBC News reported.
Weisselberg’s attorneys told Judge Juan Merchan that they were inundated with the millions of documents handed to them by the Manhattan Attorney’s Office and were pleading for more time before the court sets filing or trial dates, NBC News reported.
“There could be more charges, Judge, what’s the rush,” Skarlatos argued at the Manhattan Supreme Court hearing, according to NBC.
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The status conference was the 74-year-old Weisselberg’s second appearance in court since he was charged in the 15-point indictment.
In total, Weisselberg received “indirect compensation” worth around $ 1.76 million, the indictment said.
The Trump Organization, Trump Payroll and Weisselberg, who has worked for the former president and his family for more than four decades, pleaded not guilty to charges, which Trump himself did not belong to, in July.
“We have studied the indictment and it is full of unfounded and flawed factual and legal allegations regarding Allen Weisselberg. We look forward to challenging these allegations in court, ”Weisselberg attorneys Skarlatos and Mary Mulligan told NBC in a statement.
In court on Monday morning, Weißelberg’s attorneys told Merchan that they had received around six million pages of material as part of the evidence-gathering phase of the case, a flood that is forcing them to review 30,000 pages a day, seven days a week, NBC reported.
A prosecutor countered that Weisselberg “is no stranger to these documents; he has been with the Trump Org for 35 years,” according to NBC.
– CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report.