Prosecutors Set Their Sights on Donald Trump’s Former BodyguardWho Has Lawyered Up: Report

Former President Donald Trump’s one time bodyguard, who currently serves as a key manager using the Trump family business, is allegedly being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump Organization executive Matthew Calamari is being scrutinized by the New York City District Attorney’s Office as part of the wide-ranging research into whether the company and/or executives there perpetrated fraud. The clear focus is on whether the Trump Organization and top brass skirted tax laws by providing workers with fringe benefits that were not accounted for at tax filings.
Prosecutors’ curiosity about Calamari can be likened for their interest in the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, that has allegedly been targeted in a bid to flip him as part of this broader inquiry into allegations that Trump’s family overvalued and undervalued certain assets to be able to receive undue rebates or benefits.
No charges have been filed against Weisselberg or Calamari, however the former was subpoenaed in late March of the year. The office headed by Cyrus Vance, Jr. has convened a grand jury in late May, that will be convened for a reported term of six weeks.
In the WSJ’s report from Rebecca Ballhaus and Corinne Ramey:
Prosecutors lately advised Mr. Calamari along with his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., that they need to employ their own lawyer, individuals familiar with the matter said. The elder Mr. Calamari, that works as the Trump Organization’s principal operating officer, along with his son, the organization’s corporate manager of security, had formerly been represented by a lawyer who was also representing other Trump Organization workers, among the individuals said.
This type of recommendation is frequently a sign that prosecutors’ interest in a subject is intensifying, but doesn’t indicate the Calamaris will be charged with wrongdoing.
The Calamaris have hired Nicholas Gravante Jr., head of business litigation at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP, a few of the people said.
Calamari, a stalwart of the Trump household, briefly served to the 45th president’s 2016 presidential campaign which was paid just over $4,000 in July of that year, based on documents gathered by the Federal Election Commission. He began working as Trump’s bodyguard in 1981 and eventually impressed his boss so much Trump commended him at a 2004 financial self book/memoir:”Trump: How to Get Rich.”
The COO’s possible role in the subject of the fraud stunt became a matter of people knowledge-and prosecutorial interest-last summertime after congressional testimony offered by Trump’s former lawyer, friend and fixer Michael Cohen.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) put arrows in at least two prosecutors’ quivers by requesting Cohen right whether he understood if Trump”ever provide[d] inflated resources into an insurance company.”
“Yes,” Cohen responded.
“Who else knows that the president did this?” The Bronx-based democratic socialist asked.
Cohen then went on to implicate Calamari, Weisselberg and executive Ron Lieberman.
That brief back-and-forth quickly directed both Vance’s office and New York State Attorney General Letitia James (D) to start or expand preexisting investigations into Trump’s household, Eric Trump particularly, along with the business which bears their name.
“If he is inflating his resources to get a better insurance fee or whatever, he is using a scheme or artifice-which is the language of this statute-that’s arguably using a scheme or artifice to defraud the insurance company,” computer law specialist and criminal defense attorney Tor Ekeland told Law&Crime in the time.
“The significant thing to notice about the wire fraud along with the bank fraud statutes is they’re extremely wide and you do not actually need to have triumphed in committing the fraud you were trying to initiate,” Ekeland elaborated. “The moment you’re communication in commerce-with a phone or email, the wires-they’ve got you.”
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