Former US president is accused of inflating family property values ​​in statements made to banks and insurance companies

Lawyers for former President of the United States Donald Trump filed a motion this Thursday (June 20, 2024) asking the New York Supreme Court to remove the judge Arthur Engoron of the civil fraud case that the Republican faces.

Trump is accused of inflating the values ​​of his family’s properties in statements made to banks and insurance companies in order to obtain larger loans.

The Republican’s legal team claims that the judge Engoron is not qualified to remain in the trial due to investigations carried out against him. The magistrate is accused of engaging in a conversation “inappropriate” with Adam Leiman Bailey, a real estate lawyer, before condemn Trump to pay a fine of US$454 million.

In an interview with NBC New York, Leiman Bailey said he just wanted to help Judge Engoron apply the correct sentence in the case. However, according to the lawyer, the Republican was not mentioned at any point in the conversation between them.

“I wanted him to know what I think and why. I really want him to get it right.”Bailey declared to the North American channel.

Understand the case

On September 21, 2022, Trump was indicted by New York Attorney General Letitia James. He was accused of inflating the values ​​of the family’s properties in bank and insurance company statements in order to obtain better loans.

Among the inflated values, which would range from US$812 million to US$2.2 billion, would be Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, his penthouse at Trump Tower, in Manhattan, and other buildings and fields. golf.

The New York Attorney General is asking the Republican to pay a $370 million fine to the State if found guilty. Previously, the attorney general had requested a fine of US$250 million from the former US president.


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