The-Dollar Deception: Donald Trump Faces Civil Fraud Case with Potential Impact on His Real Estate Empire

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 10/02/2023
According to lawyers representing the New York state attorney general, Donald Trump allegedly obtained over US$1 billion through deceptive practices involving the misrepresentation of his assets to banks and insurers. This civil fraud case has the potential to significantly impact the former president's real estate business.

In a courtroom located in downtown Manhattan, Kevin Wallace, a lawyer from the office of state Attorney General Letitia James, made an opening statement. He asserted that Donald Trump had provided banks and insurers with misleading information regarding his finances for a period of ten years.

According to Wallace, it has been alleged that Trump engaged in certain actions with the intention of obtaining more favorable loan terms and reduced insurance premiums. These actions are said to have resulted in the illegal acquisition of over US$1 billion in financial benefits.


According to Wallace, the current situation is not following the usual business practices and does not align with the way sophisticated parties typically interact with each other. Crimes of this nature cannot be considered victimless.

In his opening statement, Christopher Kise, a lawyer representing Trump, presented a counterargument asserting that the financial activities of both Trump and the Trump organization were conducted within the bounds of the law.

Kise stated that the brand in question is widely recognized as one of the most successful in the world. Additionally, he emphasized that the individual in question has amassed a significant fortune by consistently making accurate predictions regarding real estate investments. The situation at hand lacks any intention to deceive, any illegal actions, any failure to fulfill obligations, any violation of agreements, any trust placed by the banks, any unfair gains, and any individuals who have suffered negative consequences.

The individual currently leading the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump, has been accused by James of engaging in the practice of inflating his assets and personal net worth over the course of the years 2011 to 2021.

In his pursuit of legal action, James is requesting a minimum of US$250 million in fines. Additionally, she is seeking a permanent ban on Trump and his sons, Donald Jr and Eric, from engaging in business activities within New York. Furthermore, James is advocating for a five-year prohibition on Trump and the Trump Organization from participating in commercial real estate endeavors.

Prior to stepping into the courtroom, Donald Trump characterized the case as an extension of what he perceives to be the most significant witch hunt in history.

Our company is exceptional. The user claims to have successfully established a remarkable company. He continued, expressing his admiration for the situation by using the word "tremendous." The real estate assets of this place are considered to be among the best in the world. Now, the user expresses the need to enter a situation involving a judge who is acting independently and unpredictably.

In his attire, Trump opted for a dark blue suit, complemented by a brighter blue tie and an American flag pin adorning his lapel.

Once more, the individual proceeded to label James, who happens to be of African American descent, as "racist," while also asserting that the Democrat harbored a personal grudge against him.

According to James, the office is prepared to provide evidence in support of its case.

As she prepared to enter the courtroom, she expressed her belief that the law possesses both great power and vulnerability. The principle that no individual, regardless of their financial status, is exempt from the jurisdiction of the law holds true.

The trial of former President Donald Trump is being presided over by Justice Arthur Engoron, who has been assigned to the case. In this trial, Justice Engoron will be responsible for hearing the evidence and making decisions based on the presented information. Unlike a typical trial, there will be no jury involved in this process.

The main focus of the situation revolves around the penalties that have been imposed on Trump, his adult sons, and 10 of his companies. This comes after Engoron's recent ruling, which held them accountable for fraud.

Engoron introduced himself as a legal generalist prior to presenting his opening arguments. He stated that he possesses extensive knowledge regarding the definition of fraud.

In the September 26 decision rendered by Engoron, the defendants were harshly criticized for fabricating valuations.

In this scenario, Trump is found to have assessed the worth of his apartment in Trump Tower at a value three times greater than its true size.

The cancellation of business certificates by Engoron affects companies that have significant control over key aspects of Trump's empire. Engoron has also stated his intention to appoint receivers who will be responsible for overseeing the dissolution of these companies.

The ruling pertains to several of Donald Trump's most prized assets, including Trump Tower, his luxurious Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, his family estate located in Westchester County, New York, as well as a number of office buildings and golf clubs.

The implementation details for the order have not yet been determined. However, it is important to note that if those valuable assets were to be lost, it would have a significant impact on Trump's financial situation.

James made an accusation against Trump, claiming that he had significantly exaggerated the values of his assets. Additionally, James himself was found to have inflated his own net worth by a substantial amount, potentially by as much as US$2.2 billion.

According to her statement, the inflated financials involved the inclusion of Mar-a-Lago, which was listed as having a value of up to US$739 million. However, it is important to note that deed restrictions placed a cap on its value at US$28 million.

During the broadcast, Wallace presented a segment featuring a portion of a deposition in which Michael Cohen, previously known as Donald Trump's personal lawyer and confidant, but who has now become a vocal critic of his former employer, made a statement indicating that the objective was to achieve the specific numerical target desired by Mr. Trump.

The trial has been planned to continue until the beginning of December. During the trial, a significant portion of the proceedings may revolve around the testimony of numerous experts who will provide their opinions on various financial documents. Although there are over 150 potential witnesses, it is expected that the focus will primarily be on the expert testimonies.

Donald Trump is currently dealing with various legal issues that have not only been a financial burden but also have not affected his strong position as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.


Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, holds the distinction of being the first sitting or former president to face criminal charges. Presently, he is confronted with indictments in four distinct cases.

The individual in question is facing multiple charges in different states for various actions. In Florida, they are being charged for their alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving their position. In Washington, they are facing charges related to their attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Additionally, in Georgia, they are being charged for their alleged involvement in efforts to reverse the election results in that state. Lastly, in New York, they are facing charges for making hush money payments to a porn star.

In all four cases, Donald Trump has maintained his innocence and entered a plea of not guilty, refuting any allegations of wrongdoing.


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