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New York says Trump should be found liable for fraud, even before a trial

/ 07:15 AM August 31, 2023

New York's attorney general asks a state judge to declare Donald Trump committed fraud

FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate and former United States President Donald Trump speaks as he campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, US, on August 12, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

NEW YORK — New York’s attorney general on Wednesday asked a state judge to declare, even before the start of a trial, that Donald Trump committed fraud by submitting false statements to bankers and insurers and overstating his net worth by up to $2.23 billion.

In filings with a state court in Manhattan, Attorney General Letitia James said evidence in her civil case showed “repeated and persistent fraudulent use” by Trump and his family business of false and misleading financial statements from 2011 to 2021.


James said inflating the values of more than a dozen assets by hundreds of millions of dollars established the defendants’ liability for fraud under the state’s Executive Law.


“The cumulative effect of these numerous deceptive schemes to inflate Mr. Trump’s assets, and hence his net worth, is staggering,” and is “just the tip of a much larger iceberg of deception (the state) is prepared to expose at trial,” James said.

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Lawyers for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

James filed her lawsuit last September, accusing Trump of lying about property values, including for his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and Trump Tower penthouse in Manhattan, and his own net worth to obtain better terms from lenders and insurers.

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She is seeking at least $250 million from Trump, his adult sons Donald Jr. and Eric, the Trump Organization and others, and to stop the Trumps from running businesses in New York.


Trump’s adult daughter Ivanka Trump was dismissed as a defendant in June.

A trial before state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron is scheduled for October 2.

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It is separate from four criminal indictments that Trump, 77, faces as he seeks a second White House term, including two for attempting to reverse his 2020 election loss.

Trump, the Republican front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has denied wrongdoing in all of the cases, calling them part of a Democratic witch hunt against him. James is a Democrat.

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In Wednesday’s filing, James said correcting Trump’s suspect valuations would have reduced his net worth by 17% to 39% each year between 2011 and 2021.

The filing said Trump’s reported net worth peaked at $6.1 billion in both 2018 and 2019, when he was U.S. president, but would have been no more than $4.2 billion had he arranged for “full blown professional appraisals” of his properties.

James said Trump should have valued his penthouse triplex in 2016 at $119.9 million instead of $327 million, and valued Mar-a-Lago in 2018 at $25.4 million, based on its restricted use as a social club, instead of $739.5 million.

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The New York civil case is New York v Trump et al, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 452564/2022.

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