Donald Trump’s former bodyguard under scrutiny in New York investigation
New York prosecutors are investigating whether top Trump Organization executive Matthew Calamari received tax-free benefits as part of their investigation into whether former President Donald Trump’s company and its employees have illegally avoided paying taxes on these benefits, according to people familiar with the matter.
Prosecutors’ interest in Mr. Calamari, once Mr. Trump’s bodyguard, indicates that their investigation into the Trump Organization’s alleged practice of providing certain employees with cars and apartments extends beyond Allen Weisselberg, the company’s chief financial officer, and his family. Neither MM. Calamari and Weisselberg, or anyone connected with the company, have not been charged with wrongdoing.
Receiving benefits – such as free apartments, subsidized rents, or car leases – from an employer, and not paying taxes on those benefits, can be a felony, although experts have said prosecutors are suing rarely prosecute on these benefits alone.
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Cyrus Vance Jr. has been pressuring Mr Weisselberg for months to cooperate with his investigation, but there is no indication that prosecutors have been successful so far, the officials said. people. Mr Vance’s office, in coordination with the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, said he was working on a larger criminal investigation into potential bank, insurance or tax fraud by the Trump Organization and of its leaders.
In recent weeks, prosecutors have informed Mr Calamari and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., that they should hire their own lawyer, people familiar with the case said. The eldest, Mr. Calamari, who works as the chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, and his son, the company’s chief security officer, were previously represented by a lawyer who also represented other employees of the the Trump Organization, one of the people said.