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Trump Organization ex-CFO nears plea deal in New York tax fraud case -source

By Karen Freifeld

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The long-time financial chief of former President Donald Trump’s namesake real estate company is expected to plead guilty in New York on Thursday in a tax fraud case, a person familiar with matter said.

Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg could be required to testify against the company, which is also charged in the case, the person said. He is expected to be sentenced to five months in jail, the person added.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the matter.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, declined to comment, as did a lawyer for Weisselberg and a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were charged in July 2021 with more than a dozen counts of tax fraud and falsifying business records for awarding “off the books” benefits to company executives. Weisselberg pleaded not guilty, as did the Trump Organization.

The New York Times first reported on Monday that Weisselberg, 75, was nearing a plea deal. The Times said that he will not cooperate with a broader investigation into Trump, citing two unidentified sources. The report did not address whether he would cooperate in the case against the former president’s family company.

Another person familiar with the matter confirmed to Reuters there were plea discussions between Weisselberg’s counsel and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Court records show an unexpected court appearance in the case in Manhattan state court on Monday and another scheduled for Thursday.

At a hearing on Friday the judge in the case said jury selection would start on Oct. 24.

Trump, a Republican, has called the probe by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, as well as a parallel civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, politically-motivated “witch hunts.” James and Bragg are both Democrats.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld in New York; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Howard Goller and Kenneth Maxwell)


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Father and son linked to murders of Muslims in New Mexico

By Andrew Hay

(Reuters) -Police believe the son of the prime suspect in the killings of four Muslim men may have played a role in the murders, which have shaken the Muslim community in New Mexico’s largest city.

Cellphone data shows Shaheen Syed, 21, was in the same “general area” of Albuquerque as his father at the time of the Aug. 5 killing of 25-year-old trucking entrepreneur Naeem Hussain, according to a filing by federal prosecutors for a Monday detention hearing during which Syed was denied bail.

Syed’s attorney John Anderson said the allegations were “exceedingly thin and speculative.”

Police last week charged Shaheen Syed’s father, Muhammad Syed, 51, with two of the murders and linked the four killings to personal grudges, possibly fueled by intra-Muslim sectarian hatred. Shaheen Syed was arrested last week on federal firearms charges for providing a false address.

“Law enforcement officers also have recently discovered evidence that appears to tie the defendant, Shaheen Syed, to these killings,” the filing said.

Agents believe Shaheen Syed observed Naeem Hussain leaving an Aug. 5 funeral service for two of the murdered Muslim men, based on FBI analysis of cell tower data. He then followed Hussain to the area of a parking lot where he was shot dead.

“Telephone calls between Muhammad Atif Syed and the defendant (Shaheen Syed) would be consistent with quick surveillance calls, both before and after the shooting,” the filing said.

Prosecutors did not provide evidence on the other shootings.

Imtiaz Hussain said he believed at least two people were involved in the Aug. 1 murder of his brother Muhammad Afzaal Hussain.

A pistol and rifle were used to shoot Afzaal Hussain, a city planning director, 15 times in around 15 to 20 seconds, according to police records and Imtiaz.

“For one suspect it is difficult to use two weapons in that short an interval,“ said Imtiaz Hussain.

The victims Naeem Hussain and Afzaal Hussain were not related.

Muhammad Syed, an Afghan refugee, has been charged with killing Afzaal Hussain, who was from Pakistan, and cafe manager Aftab Hussein, 41, who had ties to Afghanistan and Pakistan. A fourth man, supermarket owner Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, was shot dead on Nov. 7, 2021.

Police have said they are working with prosecutors on potential charges for the murders of Naeem Hussain and Ahmadi.

(Reporting by Andrew Hay in Taos, New Mexico; Editing by Donna Bryson, Mark Porter, Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler)


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Cops: Suspects in attack on elderly woman are ages 11 to 18

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three children ages 11, 13, and 14 and an 18-year-old beat and robbed a 70-year-old Asian woman last month inside her San Francisco apartment building and two of them have been arrested, police said Monday.

The woman was outside her Chinatown building when the suspects approached her on July 31 and spoke to her, said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.

Unable to understand them because of a language barrier, she went into the building’s lobby and the suspects followed her, Scott said. Then they beat and robbed her before fleeing, he said. The attack was recorded on surveillance video.

“The victim was transported to a local hospital and thank goodness her injuries were not life-threatening,” said Scott, who did not identify the woman.

The attack came amid a wave of assaults against Asian Americans in San Francisco and across the country that started when the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S.

Scott called the ages of the younger suspects sad and shocking.

He said detectives identified the suspects as 18-year-old Darryl Moore, of Oakland, and the three juveniles.

The names of the juveniles won’t be released, and the 11-year-old won’t be charged in the case due to his age. The other three face robbery, elder abuse, false imprisonment and conspiracy charges, Scott said.

Moore, the 11-year-old and 13-year-old suspects were arrested by Santa Clara County authorities on Aug. 10 by officers with the Milpitas Police Department on accusations of an unrelated crime there, he said.

Moore is still detained at the Santa Clara County jail. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

The 13-year-old suspect was booked at the Santa Clara Juvenile Hall and was being transferred to the custody of Alameda County, where officials booked him on the warrant for his San Francisco arrest, Scott said.

The 11-year-old was transferred from Santa Clara to the custody of the Alameda County Assessment Center. The 14-year-old has not been located but there is a warrant for his arrest, Scott said.

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This story has been corrected to say that two suspects, not four, have been arrested


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