The attorney general of the state of New York filed a civil lawsuit against Donald Trump and three of his children on Wednesday in the investigation into the tax practices of his company, the Trump Organization, reinforcing the pressure of justice on the former US president.
Letitia James, a Democratic elected official, has indicated that she is seeking $250 million in reparations on behalf of New York state, as well as a ban from running businesses for Donald Trump and his children Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump.
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“White-collar financial crime is not a victimless crime. When people with connections break the law to receive more money than they are entitled to, it reduces the resources available to workers, ordinary people, small businesses, and all taxpayers.” “, the prosecutor said.
The 76-year-old Republican billionaire is also being investigated for his role in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as well as for his attempts to nullify the 2020 presidential election and his handling of classified documents, which which recently led the FBI to raid his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
The 45th president of the United States (2017-2021), who is considering running again in 2024, has not yet been criminally prosecuted in any of these cases.
James noted that the New York prosecutor’s lawsuit, filed in the state Supreme Court, shows that Donald Trump falsely inflated net worth (of his assets) by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system, as well as to all of us.
According to her, the value of assets has been repeatedly and persistently manipulated to encourage banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms, pay less taxes, or even to induce insurance companies to provide insurance coverage for limits. higher and lower premiums.
“In short, he lied for huge financial gain,” he pointed.
Trump denounces new witch hunt
For his part, the former president denounced “a new witch hunt,” accusing James of political persecution.
“Letitia James is the most corrupt prosecutor in the history of the United States,” added his son Eric Trump, indicted as executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
“A tale of two justice systems: yes, where the criminals go free and the Democrats only go after their political opponents!” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said.
Golf courses, Trump Tower in New York, the Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach: James’ team listed the contentions in a 222-page lawsuit, which also targets former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, and to his financial controller, Jeffrey McConney.
For his part, Weisselberg has already pleaded guilty before the Manhattan district attorney to 15 counts of tax fraud and evasion involving $1.76 billion in unreported income between 2005 and 2021.
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The Trump Organization will be judged for these facts in a process that begins on October 24.