Donald Trump‘s former bodyguard-turned-chief operating officer Matthew Calamari is being investigated by New York’s District Attorney’s office for allegedly receiving “tax-free fringe benefits.”


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Although he hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing, Calamari has become a central figure of interest during the ongoing investigation into whether the Trump Organization has been lying on its taxes, loan applications and insurance claims.

Calamari has been with Trump since 1981 and started as his bodyguard. He worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming an important member of the Trump Organization. During his divorce in 2018, Calamari admitted to not paying rent in his Trump Tower apartment. “It was a corporate apartment, so we didn’t have rent,” he said. The Wall Street Journal, which investigated the claim, stated: “Receiving benefits — such as free apartments, subsidized rent or car leases — from an employer, and not paying taxes on such benefits, can be a crime, although experts said prosecutors rarely bring cases on such perks alone.”

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. has been investigating the Trump Organization’s Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg in the probe. Vance has been investigating the company over financial questions for over two years.

Calamari has reportedly hired Nicholas Gravante Jr. as his lawyer, despite not having been charged by D.A.’s office.

Vance has convened a grand jury, signaling that charges will be imminent.

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