Rudy Giuliani sent Trump business rival Leona Helmsley to prison for tax fraud

New York is America’s largest city, but sometimes it feels like it keeps recycling the go-go ’80s with a tiny cast of characters. On Thursday, New York prosecutors charged the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, with 15 counts of tax-related felonies. They pleaded not guilty.

The alleged tax fraud scheme, as laid out by prosecutors, is actually pretty simple: the Trump Organization used company money to pay Weisselberg’s rent, car lease, and other personal expenses, allowing him to avoid paying federal and local taxes, and kept track of the money in a secret ledger.

“As I was reading the indictment, the one thing I kept thinking was: ‘My God, this is some street-level mobster bulls–t,'” one former New York prosecutor told The Independent. “Two sets of books? That’s like ‘How to Commit Tax Fraud 101’ at crime college.” University of Chicago law professor Daniel Hemel added, “This is Leona Helmsley-level stuff.”

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