Former President Donald Trump could face over 100 years in prison if found guilty of the 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged him with, a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison for each count.
The charges, which Trump has pleaded not guilty to, could see a maximum combined sentence of 136 years in prison, according to the Daily Mail, but it is reportedly unlikely that Trump would be sentenced to the maximum time if found guilty.
Trump entered the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and plead not guilty to the charges. Judge Juan Merchan did not place a gag order on the 2024 presidential candidate, who is set to appear in court next on December 4.
Trump surrendered on Tuesday and was placed under arrest. He was fingerprinted but a mugshot wasn’t taken and handcuffs were not utilized.
Trump did not have to pay bail to be released, and after leaving the courtroom his motorcade traveled to the airport, where he will return to Florida and is expected to speak tonight.
In Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s unsealed indictment, he alleged that Trump, "on or about February 14, 2017, with intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime and aid and conceal the commission thereof, made and caused a false entry in the business records of an enterprise, to wit, an invoice from Michael Cohen dated February 14, 2017," for the first count.
This receipt is marked as "a record of the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust, and kept and maintained by the Trump Organization."
The remaining counts focused on the detailed records kept in regards to the payments made to former Trump legal counsel Michael Cohen. Each count refers to each time the payment was referenced in records, from the invoice to the receipt to the check number. Each count concerns the recording of financial transactions, whether invoices received, payments made, or receipts received for that payment.
The felony charge escalation, Bragg said, was made due to Trump acting "with intent to defraud and intent to commit another crime and aid and conceal the commission thereof," falsely recorded payments to his attorney.
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