Weisselberg Sentenced to Five Months at Rikers

Former CFO of Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg, age 75, who has worked for the company since the days of Fred Trump, was sentenced today to 5 months at Rikers. He was taken into custody after the sentencing.

Prosecutors were satisfied with his cooperating testimony, even though he refused to turn against Donald Trump. So even though he pleaded guilty to 15 charges, they recommended the 5 month sentence. The judge said had he known before the extent of the fraud, he might not have agreed to such a light sentence.

The bigger benefit from Weisselberg's point of view is that by pleading guilty, his son, who also received untaxed benefits including a luxury apartment at a Trump Org. building, two leased Mercedes-Benzes and private school tuition for his kids, didn't get charged. Weisselberg's attorneys wrote about the threat in an unsuccessful motion to dismiss the case before he turned.

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    Might the NYPD decide Rikers is over capacity and, (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Tue Jan 10, 2023 at 10:56:49 PM EST
    since the custody is for only five months, release him to house arrest with an electronic minitor?  

    If it were a federal case, that's exactly (none / 0) (#2)
    by Peter G on Wed Jan 11, 2023 at 10:55:56 AM EST
    what would happen. But this is a NY state case, governed by NY state law and rules. So I have no idea, and as far as I know no one who regularly participates in TalkLeft these days is a New York lawyer or criminal justice expert.

    Mr. Weisselberg (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jan 11, 2023 at 12:23:22 PM EST
    can do whatever and whenever he likes, according to the famed New York criminal attorney, George Santos.  Santos is busy at the front in Ukraine, but will be available for consultation upon his return

    Ouch! That's so filthy wicked. (none / 0) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 12:23:01 PM EST

    Sure (none / 0) (#4)
    by FlJoe on Wed Jan 11, 2023 at 01:17:21 PM EST
    let him go, let them all go, expecting the rich and powerful to suffer punishment for their crimes is so un-American.

    Wow (none / 0) (#5)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 08:53:45 AM EST
    a whopping 1.6 mil fine for the tRump companies, that will learn them.

    Coming attractions (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 10:35:16 AM EST

    Bragg said the sentencing "closes this important chapter of our ongoing investigation into the former president and his businesses."

    "We now move on to the next chapter," Bragg said. He did not respond to questions about whether Trump himself might be charged.

    The (none / 0) (#7)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 10:40:47 AM EST
    same Bragg who put the original investigation on the shelf and ran off the  prosecutors who claimed to have  tRump dead to rights? Just sayin...

    He strikes me (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 10:51:15 AM EST
    as a man out to redeem himself for that.

    He strikes me as a man ... (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 12:31:05 PM EST
    ... who's summoned up the courage to position himself to shoot the target after it's been mortally wounded by everyone else and then take credit for the kill shot.

    I (none / 0) (#9)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 11:14:18 AM EST
    would substitute "cash out" for "redeem", but then I am often called an unredeemable cynic.

    Either way (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jan 13, 2023 at 11:18:19 AM EST
    If it involves him nailing Trump I'll take it.  He can have it and might even deserve it.