Widespread Family Fraud Case Against Donald Trump Revealed By Niece


Mary Trump, the niece of former President Donald Trump, is continuing to push her fraud case against Donald, his sister, and the estate of a late brother of the two. As CNN summarizes Mary’s case, she accuses Donald, Maryanne Trump Barry, and the late Robert Trump “of committing fraud in order to deprive her of her interests in the family real-estate empire built by Fred Trump Sr.”

As the lawsuit itself puts it, Donald and the other defendants allegedly “designed and carried out a complex scheme to siphon funds away from [Mary’s] interests, conceal their grift, and deceive her about the true value of what she had inherited.” The scheme apparently included “a stack of fraudulent valuations” and a settlement agreement that “fleeced [Mary] of tens of millions of dollars or more,” as the lawsuit troublingly adds.

Now, Mary’s legal team has filed a letter seeking to get new court action on her case. Broadly speaking, the case against Donald is thereby (slowly) progressing. As Mary explained it alongside an image of the letter in question:

‘My lawyers at [Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP] just filed this letter to get my fraud case against Donald, Maryanne, and Robert—which has been stalled for many months—moving. Justice delayed is justice denied, and [Robbie Kaplan] will not be stopped!’

The letter includes a request for the court to “schedule a preliminary conference to set a schedule for discovery” in the case. Such would provide the opportunity to obtain “relevant documents and testimony,” including from Donald himself, as noted in the letter from Mary’s lawyers. Predictably, Trump has lashed out against Mary and her case, but the proceedings remain relatively active, adding to the legal turmoil for the former president. Among other hurdles, authorities in Manhattan have filed criminal charges against the Trump family business and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, in the time since Mary initially filed her case against Donald. Those charges cover an alleged years-long fraud scheme at the Trump company to evade taxes on high-dollar benefits for executives. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have pleaded not guilty, leaving a trial on the horizon.