Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corporation also pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said that Weisselberg attempted to conceal his participation in the scheme with the knowledge of the company.
"Even now there’s been no attempt to impose discipline on members of the company," Manhattan prosecutor Carey Dunne said. "There is no clearer example of a company that should be held (responsible). "Prosecutors asked for Weisselberg's passport to be taken, believe he is a flight risk, saying he has been and will remain CFO of this international company. There is "ample record of travel by private jet, ample means to support himself out of our jurisdiction."
More on the charges: The indictment charges the Trump Organization, Trump Payroll Corporation and Weisselberg. Prosecutors in court described a 15-year tax scheme and said the charges include 15 felony counts, including a scheme to defraud, conspiracy, grand larceny and falsifying business records.