Trump Org.’s longtime CFO testifies at company’s fraud trial
From the time Ken Levine began working for Donald Trump to the day he was fired following an internal investigation, he was a valuable part of the president’s inner circle, making more than one million dollars as part of the president’s business empire.
Levine began helping to run the day-to-day operations when Trump took over the Trump Organization in 1989, and stayed in place until he was fired in February of this year, according to the New York Times.
“Mr. Levine’s role at the Trump Organization involved developing marketing programs to promote the organization,” the Times reports. “He helped draft strategy on how to promote the company. Mr. Levine began at the Trump Organization in 1989 when Mr. Trump was running for president, and he remained in place until this month, when he was found to have improperly benefited from an illegal tax shelter.”
Levine’s relationship with President Trump dates all the way back to the 1990’s – he was with Trump since he started his own public company, The Trump Marina.
But in 2016, things started to go sour, and Levine was reportedly told that he would no longer be working on President Trump’s hotel and real estate empire – but would be focusing on working more closely with Vice President Pence at the vice President of the United States’ office.
“The Trump Organization has denied having any knowledge of Levine’s misappropriation when he was fired in February,” The New York Times reports. The organization also stated that “there is no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of any current Trump Organization employees.”