New York Attorney General Alleges Decade-Long Financial Scheme by Trump in Ongoing Civil Suit

New York’s Attorney General, Letitia James, has accused former President Donald Trump of a sustained pattern of overvaluing his net worth by billions of dollars each year between 2011 and 2021. In a recent development in the ongoing civil suit seeking $250 million, James alleged that Trump and his associates utilized “grossly inflated” figures to secure loans and insurance on more favorable terms, resulting in “hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-gotten savings and profits.” The suit also alleges that Trump and his children manipulated the values of Trump Organization assets to reduce taxes. The trial is slated to commence on October 2, with James aiming to resolve the case before trial based on the submitted documents.

The documents filed by the state Attorney General reveal a staggering claim that Trump consistently overstated his wealth by significant margins, ranging from 17% to 39%, during the years spanning his presidency. This alleged misrepresentation amounted to sums between $812 million and $2.2 billion annually. Prosecutors argue that the evidence is clear and compelling, negating the need for a trial to establish that Trump and his associates inflated asset values to facilitate business dealings and deceive financial institutions. Notably, the civil case joins a series of legal challenges that Trump faces, including four criminal trials for actions taken both before and during his presidency.

As the civil case led by Letitia James gains momentum, Donald Trump, currently the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential race, finds himself entangled in a complex legal web. The allegations against him and his children involve not only the overvaluation of assets but also the deflation of property values to reduce tax liabilities. The former president has previously dismissed the legal actions as a “witch hunt,” labeling James, who is Black, as “racist.” With a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 22 and the trial for October 2, Trump must navigate legal proceedings alongside his political endeavors, including nationwide campaign activities.

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