Trump co-defendant Carlos De Oliveira pleads not guilty in documents case

Carlos De Oliveira, the former business partner of President Donald Trump, has pleaded not guilty in a court filing to charges related to alleged documents falsification related to a Manhattan condo project.

De Oliveira was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit wire, bank and mail fraud for allegedly making and submitting false documents in connection with a condominium project in lower Manhattan. According to prosecutors, De Oliveira and his “confederates” had manipulated documents relating to the project’s financing in order to obtain more than $50 million in construction funding.

De Oliveira is the second person to face charges in the case. Last month, Felix Sater, a former Trump Organization executive, who admitted to making false representations in the documents with De Oliveira, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.

De Oliveira has denied any involvement in the fraud conspiracy in his plea, claiming he was only involved in a “legitimate business transaction” related to the condominium project. A hearing is scheduled for August 22.