Jennifer Weisselberg said she gave investigators probing Trump’s finances “7 boxes of documents” she obtained during her divorce from the son of the chief financial officer of Trump Org

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Jennifer Weisselberg said she gave investigators probing Trump's finances


          Les procureurs ont eu un aperçu rapide des finances de l'organisation Trump en raison d'une affaire de divorce compliquée, a déclaré un témoin coopérant.
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          <ul class="summary-list"><li>Jennifer Weisselberg dit qu'elle a donné aux procureurs chargés d'examiner Trump "sept boîtes" de documents.</li>
  • The Trump organization’s documents come from a divorce case with the son of the company’s chief financial officer.
  • The Manhattan DA office got a more complete picture of Trump Org’s finances after a subpoena in February.
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  • Prosecutors learned details of the Trump organization’s finances after a key employee tried to hold them back in his divorce case, that employee’s ex-wife told Insider.

    The movement turned against him. The judge in the divorce case forced him to sit for a deposition and hand over the documents as part of a subpoena, according to Jennifer Weisselberg.

    Jennifer Weisselberg, now a cooperating witness in Trump’s financial investigations, said she ultimately obtained “seven boxes” of financial documents and gave them to investigators last fall.

    “They picked up materials several times. They ended up taking seven boxes of my documents and scanned them, went through them, ”she told Insider, adding,“ They took depositions, they took checks, routing numbers, an account. banking [information], and things like that. ”

    Prosecutors from the New York Attorney General’s Office and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are conducting parallel investigations into the finances of Trump and his company, to determine if they misrepresented financial information in tax documents and ready. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office succeeded in assigning the Trump organization to millions of pages of documents in February, gaining a more complete picture of the company’s financial affairs.

    But a first look at those finances came in September, when Jennifer Weisselberg handed over her documents. Weisselberg was married to Barry Weisselberg, the son of the Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg, between 2004 and 2018. Barry Weisselberg is also a key employee of the full Trump organization, managing the Wollman Rink in Central Park in Manhattan.

    Barry Weisselberg initially withheld financial information from Jennifer during the divorce proceedings, she said. The divorce judge acknowledged that the benefits he received from the Trump organization – like their shared apartment – may have monetary value and should be taken into account during divorce negotiations, she said.

    “The judge said there was a lot of money imputed,” said Jennifer Weisselberg. “They assigned a lot of things after Barry’s deposition. ”

    A lawyer representing Barry Weisselberg did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

    “I don’t think they realized I had this stuff”

    Donald and Melania Trump gave Barry and Jennifer Weisselberg an apartment in the Trump Parc East Building in Manhattan as a wedding present. This was one of the many benefits the Trump organizations offered to members of the Weisselberg family, as Bloomberg’s Cabe Melby reported in November.

    Following the publication of this article, investigators from the New York attorney general’s office have expressed renewed interest in the documents Jennifer Weisselberg handed them, she said.

    “Since the Bloomberg article was published – I don’t think they realized I had this stuff,” Weisselberg told Insider. “The GA came and they started collecting more boxes.

    Donald Trump poses for photos in his office at Trump Tower on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in New York City.
    Diane Bondareff / Invision / AP

    Weisselberg said benefits offered by the Trump organization, such as the apartment and paying their children’s school fees, were being used in place of normal pay increases. They have functionally allowed the company to exercise some control over their lives, she said.

    “It’s so controlling,” she continued. “Because if you want to go and earn the same money, you live there.” If you want to go, where are you going to live? ”

    Jennifer Weisselberg said she was now happy to have left Trumpworld.

    “I don’t want anything to do with them,” she said. “I don’t want their money. I’m fine. ”

    Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are now interested in “leafing through” Allen Weisselberg to guide them through the millions of documents they have obtained, according to the Washington Post. They are looking to see if perks like the apartment broke tax laws, according to Bloomberg.

    The office recently hired Mark Pomerantz, who has experience as a prosecutor prosecuting Mafia bosses. She also sent a forensic accountant with experience in analyzing crowd finances to review Jennifer Weisselberg’s documents, she said.

    Representatives of the Trump organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the story. Representatives for Allen Weisselberg, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the New York Attorney General’s Office declined to comment.

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