The Trump Organization executive indicted in the long-running tax evasion scheme offered a defense of his high-end car and luxury apartment perks while in police custody.
Allen Weisselberg, the company's chief financial officer, justified the unreported perks, which prosecutors say hid $1.76 million in taxable compensation, by whining about rush-hour traffic as he sat for arrest processing on July 1, reported the Washington Post.
"In sum and substance, defendant Allen Weisselberg stated that the commute to work from Long Island was difficult," two investigators said a defendant statement disclosure filed in New York Supreme Court after the arrest.
The comments were likely made without prompting and could be used as evidence at a future trial, the newspaper reported.
Weisselberg was in custody and had an attorney as his arrest was processed, which involves fingerprinting and collecting biographical information, and law enforcement officers are legally prohibited from interrogating suspects about the charged crimes in that scenario.