A New York state judge on Friday rejected a motion filed by the Trump Organization and its former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg to dismiss tax fraud charges against him and the organization, CNN reports.
As noted by the news network, “Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted last year on charges they were involved in a 15-year tax fraud scheme. They both pleaded not guilty.”
The company was charged with 10 counts and Weisselberg with 15 felony counts in connection with an alleged scheme stretching back to 2005 “to compensate Weisselberg and other Trump Organization executives in a manner that was ‘off the books.”
According to prosecutors, the alleged scheme, allowed Weisselberg to evade taxes on $1.76 million in income over a period beginning in 2005. Weisselberg is also accused of concealing his residency in New York City to avoid paying city income taxes, CNN reported. The scheme also allowed him to avoid taxes on benefits he received while working for the Trump Organizaton, including private school tuition for his grandchildren.
The judge said jury selection would begin in the trial on October 24.