On Tuesday afternoon, a jury in New York City convicted the Trump Organization and the Trump Payroll Corporation guilty of several tax charges.
The Daily Beast reports that a jury in New York found “two Trump Organization affiliate corporations on trial for all tax fraud and related offenses on Monday,” bringing a protracted trial against the former American president’s commercial empire to a swift finish. The Manhattan jury concluded that Trump Organizations engaged in tax avoidance by employing “accounting tricks,” such as classifying employees as “independent contractors” and paying them less than their full salary in the form of benefits.
The fine for this crime is $1.6 million.
Trump made a statement before the judgment was even announced.
Murder and violent crime are at an all-time high in New York City. Still, the district attorney’s office has spent practically all of its resources conducting a political witch hunt for Washington, D.C., against Trump over disputed fringe benefits, Trump said on Truth Social. “As one might expect, the mothers and relatives of murder victims are upset that nothing has been done to deliver justice in the six years after the previous murder case went to trial (even though trials typically last two weeks). I’m sorry I haven’t been any assistance, but I’ve been too absorbed with “Donald” to pay attention to anything else.”