Donald Trump may be at the sharp end of the stick when it comes to lawsuits now. The Scottish attorneys want to investigate how Trump financed his two golf resorts in Scotland using the McMafia order.
It is amazing that there are any lawyers left to file Trump’s frivolous lawsuits given that he refuses to pay any of them. But now, he is the one who may be facing a pretty stiff suit. Lawyers are trying to convince a judge to allow the Scottish government to investigate the Trump Organization under a new McMafia order, citing the New York criminal case.
The United Kingdom introduced the Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) in 2018. It is also called the McMafia Order and is a tool to investigate money laundering and other white-collar crimes:
‘Lawyers are trying to convince a judge to allow the Scottish government to investigate the Trump Organization under a ‘McMafia’ order, citing the New York criminal case.’
The leader of the Scottish government Nicola Sturgeon said, according to MSN:
‘[T]he Scottish Parliament didn’t have that power. and only law officers – or independent prosecutors – could issue such an order.’
The nonprofit organization Harvie and Avaaz has challenged Sturgeon’s claim. Avaaz hired Springham with the goal of convincing a judge that she had incorrectly interrupted the law.
Not surprisingly, the ex-president’s two golf resorts in Scotland have posted losses ever since he opened them. Now he owes “millions of pounds” ($1.40 per pound) to his creditors. Harvie wanted to know how Trump financed their purchases, according to The Working for You. Avaaz claimed in his lawsuit that the former president went on a “spending spree.”
Springham said there were “further developments,” The Scotsman reported:
‘It’s evident from the matters set out in the petition that there are real and substantial concerns about financial arrangements of the Trump Organization, of which Mr. Trump is the sole or principal owner. Since the petition has been lodged, there have been further developments … the charges laid against the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer [Allen] Weisselberg.’
Springham linked the New York investigation to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. It has filed tax fraud charges against the Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Allen Weisselberg, The Business Insider reported.
The New York indictments indicated that Weisselberg had been relieved of his position as director of Trump International Golf Club Scotland, the holding company that owns Trump’s Aberdeenshire Golf Resort and the Trump International Golf Links.
Springham indicated that the UWO might lead them to Weisselberg and even Donald Trump.
If the high court rules that the Scottish government misinterpreted the law, then attorneys in Scotland can decide whether to bring a UWO investigation.
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