Left Menu
Development News Edition

Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, sues U.S. president and family for fraud

"Fraud was not just the family business - it was a way of life," according to the complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Donald Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 24-09-2020 23:52 IST | Created: 24-09-2020 23:26 IST
Mary Trump, niece of Donald Trump, sues U.S. president and family for fraud
Representative image Image Credit: Wikipedia

Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump and author of a recent memoir that painted an unflattering portrait of him, sued the U.S. president on Thursday, accusing him and other family members of defrauding her out of an inheritance worth tens of millions of dollars. The complaint accused Donald Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, and his brother Robert Trump, who died in August, of "rampant fraud and misconduct."

She accused the siblings of seizing control of the real estate empire built by their father Fred Trump Sr, who died in 1999, and exploiting it to enrich themselves. "Fraud was not just the family business - it was a way of life," according to the complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Donald Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Asked for comment on the lawsuit on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: "The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives and she has really discredited herself."

Trump Barry, a retired federal appeals court judge, could not immediately be reached for comment. A lawyer who represented Robert Trump did not immediately respond to a request from comment. Robert Trump's estate was named as a defendant. Mary Trump's complaint has renewed attention on her uncle and his family, fewer than six weeks before Donald Trump hopes to win reelection.

Trump is separately trying to keep Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from seeing his tax returns for a criminal probe, and faces a civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into whether he inflated asset values to obtain loans and tax benefits. The complaint by Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, retraces some allegations in her recent tell-all: "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."

She said that when her father Fred Trump Jr died in 1981, when she was 16, he left her valuable stakes in the family business that his siblings Donald, Maryanne and Robert were supposed to monitor as fiduciaries. But she said the Trumps instead moved to siphon funds away, deceive her about what she stood to inherit, and "squeeze" her out.

Mary Trump, now 55, said the alleged fraud did not come to light until October 2018, when the New York Times reported on its investigation into tax matters involving the Trump family. In a statement provided by her lawyer, Mary Trump said her family betrayed her by working in secret to steal from her, telling "lie after lie" about her inheritance, and "conning me into giving everything away for a fraction of its true value."

Prior to his death on Aug. 15 at age 71, Robert Trump had led the family's unsuccessful effort to block Mary Trump from publishing her memoir.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

New farm bills in India: Focusing on farms or farmers?

... ...

Kenya’s COVID-19 response: Chaos amid lack of information

Confusing numbers and scanty information on how effective curfews and lockdowns have been in breaking transmission have amplified coordination and planning challenges in Kenyas response to COVID-19. Without accurate data, it is impossible t...

Farkhad Akhmedov: Calculating the price of impunity from the law

In insistences such as the battle over the Luna, Akhmedov has resorted to extreme legal machinations to subvert the High Courts decision and keep his assets from being seized. ...

Guinea’s elections hearken back to the autocracy and violence of its past

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognising Israel

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Sudan will start to normalise ties with Israel, making it the third Arab state to do so as part of US-brokered deals in the run-up to Election Day. The announcement came after the North African n...

Fight against coronavirus theme of Md Ali Park Durga Puja

The Md Ali Park Durga Puja committee, one of the popular pujas in the city, has themed its celebrations on the fight against coronavirus this year. We have covered the body of demon Mahisasura with the spiked COVID-19 virus as shown in pict...

Horse racing-Sir Dragonet wins 100th running of Cox Plate

Sir Dragonet won the A5 million 3.6 million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racing Club in Melbourne on Saturday, storming clear in the final straight in the 100th running of Australias most prestigious weight-for-age race.Purchased from the sta...

Olympics-Tokyo finally opens Aquatics Centre with hopeful ceremony

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike finally inaugurated on Saturday the Aquatics Centre for next years rescheduled Olympics, seven months after it was supposed to open.The Aquatics Centre was due to officially open on March 22 but that event was ca...

Give Feedback