Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges tied to his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in an investigation of former president Donald Trump’s businesses, according to two people familiar with the matter and a public court filing.

Weisselberg’s plea could come as soon as Thursday at 9 a.m. Terms of the expected deal were not immediately disclosed.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were charged as part of what prosecutors described as an “off the books” scheme over the course of 15 years to help top officials in the Trump Organization avoid paying taxes. Weisselberg, 74, was accused of avoiding paying taxes on $1.7 million of his income.

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Weisselberg surrendered in June 2021 after his indictment and had been set for trial in October.

Last week, Acting Justice Juan Merchan denied Weisselberg’s attempt to dismiss the charges against him, saying the evidence presented to a grand jury was “legally sufficient.”

A spokesperson for Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg declined to comment.

The Trump Organization is facing separate charges, but there is no allegation of criminal wrongdoing against Trump, who has faced long-simmering criminal investigations on multiple fronts that have captured national attention since the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago last Monday.

Law enforcement officials have faced a number of threats in the wake of the search, with some Trump supporters calling for “civil war” and one attacking a FBI field office. A man in Pennsylvania was arrested on Monday after threats he allegedly made on the right-wing social media website Gab.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Nbcnews.com

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