A top Trump Organization official has been cleared in an ongoing probe by federal authorities into alleged fraud at the hotel group, but is expected to continue cooperating with the probe, the company’s lawyer said Saturday.
Samson “Sam” Nazarian, chief operating officer for the Trump Organization, has been interviewed and has not been charged in the probe, attorney Alan Garten said.
Nazarian and three other associates were named in the lawsuit, filed in May in New York state court, brought by developer Ian Schrager over alleged failures to stop a room-renting scheme at his new Trump SoHo hotel project.
But as part of the inquiry, prosecutors interviewed Nazarian this year, Garten said.
A criminal case against Nazarian is not expected to result in a criminal conviction, Garten said. “Even the government has told him he is not under investigation,” he said.
Garten noted, however, that the other three men named in the lawsuit are still being investigated. “The investigation is continuing,” he said.