New York Prosecutors Tell Former Trump Bodyguard Matthew Calamari They Have NO Plan To Charge
New York prosecutors have told Trump’s bodyguard Matthew Calamari they have NO intention of indicting him as they issue new subpoenas for his properties in a tax case.
- Lawyer Calamari called it a ‘fair and just decision’
- He is a former Trump bodyguard and Trump Organization COO
- In July, prosecutors indicted Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg, charged him with tax fraud and took $1.7 million in unofficial compensation
New York prosecutors investigating the Trump organization’s finances have told former Donald Trump bodyguard Matthew Calamari he is free and will not face charges, his lawyer says.
Calamari, the chief operating officer of the president’s company, had been under scrutiny by tax inspectors for his use of a company car and other matters.
But the FBI has “no intention” to charge him, Calamari’s attorney Nicholas Gravante Jr. to the New York Times.
“We believe this is the fair and just decision,” he said. “What the future holds in terms of the prosecutor’s ongoing investigation is a mystery.”
Gravante Jr. told CNN Calamari “has committed no crimes and led an exemplary life.”
Prosecutors have ‘no intention’ to charge Trump Organization chief operating officer Matthew Calamari
The move could signal a decision by prosecutors to delve into an area that has long been of interest to researchers: whether the company has submitted materially different appraisals for tax purposes that it did in obtaining lender approval – the value inflating for banks but decreasing it to lower the tax burden.
Retiring prosecutors have issued new subpoenas for Trump golf properties, hotels and office buildings. New York Times.
Press releases earlier this week focused on the Trump Organization’s valuations for 40 Wall Street, a Manhattan condo tower, of $527 million in 2012 in documents submitted to backers. But the company told tax officials it was worth just $16.7 million, city records revealed.
In July, prosecutors indicted Trump CFO Allen Weisselberg, accusing him of “brutal and daring tax fraud schemes and $1.7 million in unofficial compensation.” They have also sued the Trump Organization. Weisselberg and the company have both pleaded innocent.
Calamari appeared in “Episode #9 of ‘The Apprentice’ – Bringing Down the House” along with Carolyn Kepcher. The Wall Street Journal reported in June that investigators looked at Calamari’s finances and whether he benefited from any book-bound compensation
Allen Weisselberg waits while his security call for his car after leaving Manhattan Criminal Courthouse, Manhattan, New York. September 20, 2021. The Trump Org. CFO was sued this summer
Authorities investigate Donald Trump’s company as he contemplates running for president in 2024
Press releases earlier this week focused on the Trump Organization’s valuations for 40 Wall Street, both for lenders and tax authorities
Manhattan DA Cy Vance will resign from office at the end of the year and has indicated he wants to make a decision on the charges before he leaves. He is succeeded by Alvin Bragg, a former federal prosecutor.
The behind-the-scenes legal action comes because Trump is still a major factor in Republican politics, without ruling out a possible 2024 presidential election — which is important for any decision to prosecute or not.
The Wall Street Journal reported in June that investigators were looking at Calamari’s finances and whether he benefited from off-the-books compensation.
Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. will retire at the end of this year
NBC News reported in September that Calamari’s son, Matthew Calamari Jr., who also works for the company, had been called to testify before a grand jury.
Manhattan’s DA convened another grand jury to hear the case, it was reported earlier this month.
New York AG Letitia James has been investigating the valuation of another Trump property: the Seven Springs estate north of New York City.
Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who was released from prison this week, made allegations that the company made several appraisals for tax and loan purposes during his congressional testimony.