Donald Trump and Family Business Slapped with a Whopping $364 Million Fine in New York Civil Fraud Trial

Donald Trump and Family Business Slapped with a Whopping $364 Million Fine in New York Civil Fraud Trial

In a landmark verdict, Donald Trump and his family business have been fined an astounding $364 million in the New York civil fraud trial.

The extensive three-month court battle concluded with the former president being accused of inflating property values, including Mar-a-Lago and a Trump Tower penthouse, to secure favorable loan terms.

The trial, brought forth by New York Attorney General Letitia James, sought to determine Trump’s liability and the subsequent financial penalty.

Civil Fraud Allegations and Verdict:

The civil fraud case accused Trump of manipulating property values, leading to a liability verdict for the former president and his sons, Don Jr. and Eric.

Judge Arthur Engoron presided over the case, determining their culpability. The substantial $364 million fine is a consequence of the alleged deceptive practices in property valuation.

Attorney General’s Demands and Trump’s Defiance:

Attorney General Letitia James demanded over $370 million from Trump, aiming to bar him from doing business in New York.

James accused Trump of overstating his net worth by billions, seeking to permanently restrict his involvement in the state’s real estate industry.

Trump vehemently defended himself during the trial, accusing James of partisanship, racism, and corruption.

Trump’s Counterarguments and Valuation Controversies:

Trump’s defense team countered James’s claims, asserting a lack of evidence and pointing out the absence of supporting witnesses.

One key contention involved the valuation of Mar-a-Lago, with Trump’s valuation diverging significantly from the county’s estimates.

The controversy extended to Trump Tower’s penthouse, where prosecutors alleged a $200 million inflation in value.

Closed-Door Deposition and Trump’s Perspective:

Months before the trial, Trump faced a seven-hour deposition at James’s Manhattan office, expressing his disdain for the lawsuit.

The closed-door session revealed Trump’s frustration, as he defended his decades-long success in building a real estate empire. He criticized the investigation, claiming it distracted authorities from addressing street crime.

Judge’s Previous Ruling and Concerns Over Precedent:

Judge Engoron had previously ruled that Trump committed fraud by inflating estimates of his net worth sent to Deutsche Bank and other institutions over 11 years.

Legal experts expressed concerns that a victory for James might set a precedent making it easier to dissolve companies in the future.

Some argue that the New York anti-fraud statute’s application without clear victims and significant losses could have far-reaching implications.

Unusual Threat of Shutdown and Legal Precedents:

The civil fraud case against Trump stands out as an unusual threat of business shutdown without apparent victims and major losses.

The potential repercussions raise questions about the application of New York’s anti-fraud statute.

Past cases resulting in dissolution typically involved entities with victims and significant financial losses.

The $364 million fine marks a significant development in the legal battles surrounding Donald Trump, adding complexity to the ongoing debates about accountability and the future implications for business dissolution under New York law.

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