Donald Trump Ordered to Pay Over $350m in New York Fraud Case

In a landmark decision Donald Trump, his eldest sons, and associates have been mandated by a New York court to pay a staggering sum exceeding $350 million. The ruling, delivered by Judge Arthur Engoron, found them culpable of deliberately inflating the value of their assets over a decade, an act described as not just fraudulent but one that “shocks the conscience”.

The verdict has serious ramifications for Trump and his business operations. Engoron‘s ruling not only imposes a hefty financial burden but also prohibits Trump and key executives from holding directorial or officer positions in any New York-based corporation or entity for up to three years, with his sons facing a two-year ban. This decision casts a long shadow over the Trump Organization’s future, particularly in New York, where the business has its roots and where Trump has long been a prominent figure.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron called Trump not “credible” before issuing the fine. Steven Hirsch

Engoron criticized Trump’s courtroom demeanor and the defense’s denial of reality, highlighting a complete lack of contrition and what he termed as bordering on pathological remorselessness. In contrast, on his social media platform, Trump lambasted the decision as a “Complete and Total SHAM”, defending his financial statements as “GREAT” and underscoring the profitability of the banks and insurance companies involved.

This ruling not only affects Trump’s ability to manage his business empire but also adds to the legal and financial challenges he faces, including an $83.3 million defamation judgment in a separate case. With Trump’s net worth estimated at $2.3 billion by Bloomberg, the immediate financial impact of these legal battles remains unclear, particularly regarding his liquidity.

The case, spearheaded by New York Attorney General Letitia James since 2019, has been hailed as a “massive victory” in enforcing the principle that no one, regardless of their wealth or power, is above the law. James’s pursuit of justice underscores the state’s commitment to holding individuals accountable, a sentiment echoed in her assertion that the ruling serves as a deterrent to similar fraudulent activities.

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