MICHAEL Cohen, who was formerly Donald Trump’s personal lawyer during his presidency, has been married to Laura Shusterman for over two decades.
The two have battled multiple federal tax scandals over the course of their marriage.
Who is Michael Cohen’s wife Laura Shusterman?
Michael Cohen married Laura Shusterman, 51, in 1994.
The Cohens have a daughter, Samantha Blake Cohen, and younger son Jake Ross Cohen.
Laura’s Ukrainian father, Fima Shusterman, introduced Michael Cohen to Donald Trump, longtime Associated Press reporter Seth Hettena wrote in his book Trump / Russia: A Definitive History.
Laura Cohen’s parents reportedly co-own property with the Cohens in Trump Tower in New York City.
Michael and Laura made their mass fortune from New York City taxi medallions.
The pair reportedly owe tens of thousands in unpaid taxes to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a result.
In a statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017, Michael Coehn said: “My wife and I have been married for 23 years, and are now entering into the season of our lives when we get to watch our children become adults themselves,” he stated.
“My daughter, who is at an Ivy League school, and my wife, who is of Ukrainian descent, have especially been subjected to harassment, insults, and threats … some so severe I cannot share them in mixed company.”
What did Michael Cohen claim in his memoir?
In 2019 Cohen was hit with $1.5million in fines and restitution for crimes that included violating Trump campaign finance law by paying $130,000 in hush money in 2016 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a 2006 affair with Trump.
Cohen has always maintained he was made a “scapegoat” by the government and was cornered into pleading guilty.
In his book, Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, which shot to No. 1 on Amazon, Cohen wrote about being advised by his lawyer that if he didn’t plead guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress and misrepresentation to a bank, the government would file an 85-page indictment, drag him out of his apartment on national TV and would also indict his wife, Laura.
“It was like getting sucker-punched in the gut,” he wrote of the government going after his wife.
He told The Sun: “If it wasn’t for the threats against my wife I would never have pled guilty. I was never going to put her in harm’s way.
“I had paid millions in taxes, I had never filed one late tax return, and then there’s an error, no problem. Everybody else gets the opportunity to sit down with an IRS agent to work it out, not me.”
What is Michael Cohen’s recent tax scandal?
Michael Cohen has been slapped with another federal tax lien for $1.2million, The Sun revealed.
The former attorney and self-described fixer for Trump was hit with the apparently new lien on March 11, according to federal records.
Cohen has slammed the filing, claiming he has “no clue” why the IRS would refile a lien he says has already been imposed.
“I am far from the Al Capone of tax evasion,” he blasted in an exclusive interview.
“The tax error, which I have paid off in full, was the result of the incompetence and negligence of my accountant Jeffrey Getzel as stated in my sentencing memo as well as in my current lawsuit against him for malpractice.
“Why the IRS has refiled I have no idea, it’s a question even my accountant can’t answer.”
Cohen, who references notorious mob boss Capone – famously jailed for tax evasion and prohibition in 1931 – was jailed himself in 2018 for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
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