Donald Trump is clearly no stranger to controversy or legal troubles. The 76-year-old is preparing to run for President again in 2024. He has, however, been involved in yet another criminal fraud case.
A New York judge recently ordered two of his companies to pay up in a criminal tax fraud case. Although the payment is only $1.6 million, it is the utmost allowed by state law. Furthermore, NPR’s Ilya Marritz, who covered the trial, says it’s not a lot of money for these offenses.
At trial, prosecutors showed that executives working for Trump engaged in a wide variety of maneuvers to evade local, state and federal taxes over more than a decade. And many of those tricks also benefited the Trump business. One executive got an apartment and cars and private school tuition, all undeclared, off the books. That meant Trump didn’t have to raise that executive’s wages for many years, and the Trump business also skirted payroll and Medicare taxes.
The former President and his legal team have stated that they want to appeal the verdict in the case. Trump left office in 2021, following President Joe Biden’s election victory in 2020. However, he initially protested his defeat, saying he had won.
Donald Trump also filed lawsuits alleging election fraud. Regardless, his re-election bid will most likely be unaffected by the new conviction. Political commentator, Scottie Hughes also spoke about the verdict. “That’s equivalent to about $25 to Donald Trump. He probably spends more at McDonalds.” You can check out the tweet below.
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