- Matthew Calamari, a director of the Trump organization, will not be charged, his lawyer said.
- Calamari had been investigated as part of the Manhattan DA’s investigation of the company.
- Prosecutors are focusing on alleged criminal plans to evade taxes in Donald Trump’s business.
Prosecutors do not plan to prosecute Matthew Calamari, the director of the Trump organization, as part of their investigation into allegations of negligence in the company, his lawyer said.
“I have been informed that there is no current intention to prosecute Mr. Calamari. We believe this is the fair and just decision,” said attorney Nicholas Gravante Jr. in a statement reported by Reuters.
“What the future holds in relation to the Attorney General’s continued investigation is anyone’s guess. In the meantime, however, we are glad that the considerations raised on Mr Calamari’s behalf have not fallen on deaf ears.”
The Wall Street Journal reported in June that investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office focused on Calamari, a former bodyguard for Donald Trump who later became a director of the Trump organization.
The company is the umbrella organization for Trump’s various businesses. Prosecutors have investigated whether executives were involved in tax fraud and other illegal business practices.
According to the Journal, investigators investigated whether Calamari gained valuable business benefits, including the use of an apartment and a luxury vehicle as a way to avoid income tax.
In July, the company’s CFO Allen Weisselberg and the Trump organization were charged with evading taxes through corporate fringe benefits, including cars, an apartment and school fees. Weisselberg dismissed the charges against him.
The investigation has not been completed, and Weisselberg’s lawyer told Insider in September that he believed there would be new charges in the investigation.
Donald Trump has dismissed the investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt”.