Armed with that data, prosecutors began to focus on benefits Mr. Weisselberg had received from the company, including several rented Mercedes-Benzes, a rent-free apartment and private school lessons for his grandchildren. mr. Weisselberg, prosecutors said when they charged him last July of failing to pay taxes on $1.7 million in perks and other income.
Before being charged, prosecutors exerted significant pressure on Mr. Weisselberg to cooperate in their investigation into Mr. Trump because of his in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the Trump organization.
But Mr Weisselberg, who was the chief financial officer at the time, failed to reach a deal and was charged. Since then, the Trump Organization has stripped him of his title, though he continues to work at the company and appeared poised to appear in court. But Mr Gravante, who also represented two other Trump Organization employees who had not been charged in the case, joined Mr. Weisselberg’s defense team in June and said he was open to making a deal.
The Trump Organization, where Mr. Weisselberg spent his career climbing the ranks from junior accountant to chief financial officer, was also indicted in the suit, which set out a scheme coordinated by senior executives of the company to increase their income. under-reporting by accepting benefits that were not stated on tax documents.
Even without the cooperation of Mr. Weisselberg, prosecutors continued to file a case against Mr. Building Trump, focusing on whether he had improperly inflated the value of his hotels, golf clubs and other assets.
Late last year, Mr. Vance ordered prosecutors to present evidence about Mr. Trump to a grand jury, laying the groundwork for a possible charge against the former president.