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Ex-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg Sentenced to 5 Months in Jail for Perjury

Ex-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg Sentenced to 5 Months in Jail for Perjury

New York, April 10, 2024 – Former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Allen Weisselberg faced sentencing today after pleading guilty to perjury charges related to his testimony during former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial.

The sentencing, presided over by Judge Laurie Peterson, marks a significant development in the ongoing legal saga surrounding the Trump Organization.

Weisselberg’s legal troubles stem from his role within the Trump Organization and his involvement in valuing Trump’s Fifth Avenue triplex apartment.

Prosecutors alleged that Weisselberg deliberately inflated the apartment’s value on Trump’s financial statements for years, based on incorrect square footage.

His false testimony during a 2020 deposition with the attorney general’s office and at the civil fraud trial further compounded the charges against him.

Weisselberg, dressed in jogging pants and a zip-up jacket, arrived at court prepared for incarceration.

Judge Peterson delivered the verdict: five months in jail. As court officers handcuffed him, Weisselberg maintained his silence, declining any final words.

This is not Weisselberg’s first legal entanglement. In 2022, he pleaded guilty to 15 counts of tax fraud and testified against two Trump Organization entities.

His previous prison stint lasted approximately four months. However, this recent sentencing specifically addresses his perjury charges related to the triplex apartment valuation.

Defense lawyers for Trump and his adult sons attempted to recast Weisselberg’s guilty plea as an act of legal coercion rather than an admission of guilt.

They argued that Weisselberg’s admissions were made under duress, fearing life imprisonment. Despite these claims, the court held him accountable for his false testimony.

Weisselberg’s cooperation with Manhattan prosecutors during the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into Trump in 2020 raised questions about potential testimony against the former president.

However, as part of his plea deal, Weisselberg will not testify against Trump in the ongoing criminal hush money case. Trump faces 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a hush money payment before the 2016 presidential election.