Former US president Donald Trump's namesake company and its chief financial officer have been indicted, a person familiar with the matter says, the first charges to arise from a more than two-year probe by New York prosecutors of Trump and his business dealings.
The charges by a Manhattan grand jury against the Trump Organization and its CFO Allen Weisselberg are expected to be unsealed on Thursday.
Weisselberg was expected to surrender to authorities on Thursday morning, the person said, and would be formally charged in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.
Trump himself is not expected to be charged this week, his lawyer has said, though the blowback from the case could complicate Trump's political future as he considers a 2024 White House run.
The criminal case stems from the probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in collaboration with New York state Attorney-General Letitia James. It is expected to focus on whether Weisselberg and other officials received perks and benefits such as rent-free apartments and leased cars without reporting them properly on their tax returns, people familiar with the probe have said.
A spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney declined to comment. A lawyer for Weisselberg also declined to comment. And lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump's lawyer, Ronald Fischetti, told Reuters on Monday that prosecutors suggested the charges would be related to taxes and fringe benefits and said Trump himself would not be charged in the indictment.
Trump, during a trip on Wednesday to Weslaco, Texas, near the Mexican border to criticise President Joe Biden's immigration policies, did not respond to questions shouted by reporters about the criminal charges.
In a statement on Monday, Trump called prosecutors biased and said his company's actions were "in no way a crime."
The Trump Organization could face fines and other penalties if convicted.
Charges could increase pressure on Weisselberg to co-operate with prosecutors, which he has resisted. Weisselberg is a close Trump confidant, making his co-operation potentially crucial to any future case against the former president.
Vance, a Democrat, has in his nearly three-year investigation examined an array of potential wrongdoing, including whether Trump's company manipulated the value of its real estate to reduce its taxes and secure favourable loan terms.
Before entering the White House in 2017, Trump put his company into a trust overseen by his adult sons and Weisselberg, who has maintained tight control over its finances. It is unclear what role Trump now has at the company.