- A witness who cooperates with prosecutors investigating Trump has hired an expert in economic crimes.
- Duncan Levin, a former top official in Manhattan DA’s office, represents Jennifer Weisselberg.
- Ex-wife of a key employee of the Trump Organization has passed on documents to prosecutors.
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A collaborating witness in two investigations into former President Donald Trump’s finances hired a former top official in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office with expertise in financial crimes to represent her in these cases.
Jennifer Weisselberg previously told Insider that she provided seven boxes of documents to investigators from the Manhattan DA̵
She hired attorney Duncan Levin shortly after she was contacted by investigators in September to conduct her own parallel investigation of the remaining documents.
“We have several boxes of materials that we have not yet handed over to the prosecutors, which we ourselves are reviewing,” Levin told Insider in an interview. “We are doing our own internal investigation.”
Levin has previously worked closely with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. He was the office’s asset transfer manager from 2011 to 2014, overseeing money laundering, corruption, terrorist financing, bank fraud and mob cases. He also worked for Vance in private practice while the two were at Manhattan law firm Morvillo Abramowitz LLC.
Weisselberg hired him because she wants to help the investigation as much as she can, Levin said.
“I know what I’m looking at,” Levin said. “We basically break through methodologically, and we pass on law enforcement documents and information as it’s useful.”
Aside from his work for Vance, Levin also ordered a federal judge and oversaw complex money laundering cases for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office.
Both the Manhattan DA office and the New York State Attorney General’s office are analyzing the personal finances of the Trump Organization and Trump and apparently looking at whether they are misrepresenting the value of the assets to pay a little in taxes while getting favorable loan terms.
Weisselberg married Barry Weisselberg, son of Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, between 2004 and 2018. Allen Weisselberg also manages the Trump family’s finances. Prosecutors in Manhattan are looking to “turn” him to cooperate, Jennifer Weisselberg told Insider. Barry Weisselberg remains a key employee of the Trump Organization in his own right and manages the Trump-run Wollman Rink in Central Park.
Jennifer Weisselberg said she received a large cache of documents about Barry’s finances and the Trump Organization’s finances through her divorce case. They include bank account information, property registrations and credit card records, Levin said.
The properties that were shared between Jennifer and Barry Weisselberg extend beyond the former couple’s Trump Parc East apartment plaintiffs, who are already investigating, Levin said. Investigators previously looked at the occasion that Donald and Melania Trump gave them as a wedding gift because Barry Weisselberg may have miscategorized it in tax records, Bloomberg News first reported.
Trump has despised the investigation as politically motivated, and Allen Weisselberg’s lawyer has declined to comment.
In an earlier interview, Weisselberg said the Trump organization exercised some control over its life through its husband’s compensation. She said it would pay for her children’s education and her family’s housing instead of giving her husband regular travel.
“They want you to commit crimes and not talk about it and not leave it,” she said. “It’s so controlling.”