Scott Michel Comments on Weisselberg Case in The Hill

07.04.2021
The Hill

New York prosecutors on Thursday unveiled the first charges in their grand jury investigation into the Trump Organization, charging the former president’s company and its chief financial officer (CFO), Allen Weisselberg, with tax-related crimes.

Prosecutors allege a 15-year scheme in which the Trump Organization compensated Weisselberg in a manner that allowed the company and the executive to evade taxes. The defendants deny any wrongdoing and argue that the charges are politically motivated.

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Tax experts also said that the alleged crimes detailed by prosecutors were particularly blatant and that those accused of carrying out the offenses were likely knowledgeable about tax rules.

What’s alleged is a "well-thought-out structure to pick out a variety of ways to generate income for Weisselberg in a way that would skirt the tax rules," said Scott Michel, an attorney at Caplin & Drysdale who has done defense-side criminal tax work for 40 years.

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