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Archive for February 24th, 2022

Top Prosecutors in Investigation of Trump And His Business Practices Abruptly Resign

President Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling

Two of the top prosecutors heading up the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into former President Trump and his business have abruptly resigned, abandoning a probe at a critical juncture in the years-old case.  

Carey R. Dunee and Mark F. Pomerantz resigned after the new Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg expressed doubts about the case, The New York Times first reported.

The resignations came after the pair were presenting evidence to a grand jury. 

It wasn’t immediately clear what doubts Bragg had about the case. 

The case began in 2019 and has already netted charges. The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg were indicted last July on tax fraud charges. 

The case has widened to include Trump himself. Prosecutors were trying to determine if he overvalued his properties in an attempt to secure loans and insurance policies. 

Without the top prosecutors, the yearslong investigation could “Peter out,” The New York Times suggested. 

FBI Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Using Government Money to Gamble

By Steve Neavling

An FBI special agent pleaded guilty to misusing government money to gamble in a Las Vegas casino following an undercover operation, authorities said Wednesday.

Special Agent Scott F. Carpenter, 40, of New York, entered the guilty plea in federal court to a single count of conversion of government money. 

According to prosecutors, Carpenter, who worked out of the bureau’s New York Field Office, was in Las Vegas with three other FBI agents to conduct an undercover operation in July 2017. Following the operation, Carpenter used $13,500 in government money to play blackjack in a high-limit room. 

Sentencing is set for May 18.

The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General investigated the case.