Defence lawyers for the former US president Donald Trump have launched their defence against criminal charges of tax fraud by the Trump Organisation.
Trump defence opens in tax fraud trial
Lawyers for former US president Donald Trump’s real estate company have begun mounting a defence in his criminal trial on charges including tax fraud.
Prosecutors on Monday rested their case after questioning an outside accountant who the Trump Organisation contends should have caught a top executive cheating on taxes.
Prosecutors with the Manhattan district attorney’s office called five witnesses over three weeks including their star witness Allen Weisselberg, the company’s former chief financial officer who pleaded guilty in August to charges including grand larceny and tax fraud.
The Trump Organisation, which operates hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world, is accused of hiding executive perks from tax authorities for more than 15 years and falsely reporting bonuses as non-employee compensation.