The controller of the Trump Organization declared that he was ordered to hide the benefits in taxes

The accounting firm said they should not trust the financial statements from 2011 to 2020.

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The criminal trial in New York against the Trump Organizationthe family business of donald trumpresumed Thursday after a 10-day hiatus, with testimony from a senior vice president who described steps he and other executives took to save themselves and the company money that should have gone toward paying taxes.

Vice President of Trump Organization Jeffrey McConney testified how he and other top Trump executives received their bonuses as “independent contractors,” even though they were full-time employees, according to NBC News.

The designation meant executives could take tax deductions they otherwise would not have been able to take and allowed the company to pay less for Medicare and other taxes, said McConney, who is also the company’s controller.

The company was indicted by prosecutors in Manhattan for a 15-year tax fraud scheme.

McConney reiterated that he followed the instructions of former CFO Allen Weisselberg. and other high-level members of the Trump Organization to add fringe benefits to their salaries in bonuses that were ultimately not reported to tax authorities, according to CNN.

Asked if former President Donald Trump, who ran the business at the time, was aware of the plan, McConney said Weisselberg told him Trump knew.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged in the case. Weisselberg pleaded guilty in August to multiple counts of tax fraud in the case.

McConney testified that COO Matthew Calamari Sr. similarly received an independent contractor bonus and fringe benefits, including car rentals for himself and his wife, and $72,000 in annual rent for an apartment on Park Avenue that he didn’t have. reported to the tax authorities.

Calamari’s son, who also works at the company, earned certain perks: His rent on the Central Park South building in New York City was treated as a fringe benefit, and records show his father paid at least $130,000 for the rental. renovation of your apartment through the company, without paying taxes on it.

McConney testified that Trump Organization tax adviser Donald Bender never told you that the practices of underreporting taxable income were illegal.

The Trump Organization’s controller acknowledged that he and other Trump Organization accounting staff stopped these internal accounting practices in 2017, when a tax consultant conducted an internal review of the company and President Donald Trump took office.

The tax fraud case is the only criminal trial to emerge from the Manhattan District Attorney’s three-year investigation into the former president and is one of three active cases involving Donald Trump or his company in the New York courts.

The trial will resume on Monday.