Allen Weisselberg, former financial director of the Trump Organization, whose testimony was key to convicting the former president's company of tax fraud, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for avoiding taxes worth $1.7 million in labor perks.
Weisselberg, 75, was promised that sentence in August when he agreed to plead guilty to 15 tax offenses and testify against the Trump Organization, where he has worked since the mid-1980s and had served as chief financial officer until his arrest.
He was handcuffed and taken into custody moments after the sentence was announced.
When he begins serving his sentence, Weisselberg is expected to be locked up in the notorious Rikers Island prison complex in New York.
He will be able to go free after just over three months if he behaves well behind bars.
Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg arrives in court in New York, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. Yuki Iwamura / AP
As part of the plea agreement, Judge Juan Manuel Merchán also ordered Weisselberg to pay nearly $2 million in taxes, penalties and interest, an amount he had already paid on January 3.
In addition, the judge ordered Weisselberg to serve five years of probation after the end of his jail term.