In a lawsuit filed in New York State against the president, his sister Marian Trump Barry and the estate of their late brother Robert Trump, Mary Trump argued that for Trump, “fraud was not just a family business – it was a way of life. “
The case accuses her two uncles and her aunt, a retired federal judge, of conspiring between them and several other parties, including a trustee appointed to act on Mary’s behalf to give her a “bunch of fraudulent assessments” and force her to sign an agreement. for settlement, which “took her tens of millions of dollars or more.”
“Instead of defending Mary’s interests, they developed and implemented a complex scheme to extract funds from her interests, cover up their concerns and mislead her about the true value of what she inherited,”
The president’s lawyer, who was tried in a personal capacity, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives of Barry and Robert Trump’s mansion did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Many of the allegations in the case were made earlier by Mary Trump, including in her July book “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the Most Dangerous Man in the World.”
In the book, she says she was cut off from her grandfather’s will as a result of her father’s death, with Robert Trump explaining that she was expelled because her father died of alcoholism and was not around to inherit part. of wealth. She also says that her grandfather does not like his mother. Mary Trump and her brother filed a lawsuit against the Trump family, reaching an agreement, including a non-disclosure agreement, that Robert Trump, who died in August, tried and failed to enforce before publishing his book.
Mary Trump also accused Donald Trump of trying to “steal huge sums of money from his siblings” by secretly trying to change the will of his ailing father to write his siblings out of control of the family.
Mary Trump was 16 years old at the time of her father’s death in 1981, and she and her brother Fred Trump III inherited minority interests in his vast real estate.
Because Mary was a teenager, the trial said, a lawyer named Irwin Durben, who was a lawyer for Trump Sr. and executive director of Trump-affiliated organizations, was appointed to act as a trustee on her behalf.
But according to the case, Durben, who died in 2016, was “irrevocably in conflict”, sided with members of Mary’s family for her own interests, “and ultimately agreed to the defendants’ campaign to squeeze her out.” from the family business ”.
Until the 1990s, when Trump Sr. suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, Mary Trump claimed, his sons Donald and Robert and his daughter Marian initially competed with each other, “with a palace intrigue reminiscent of the HBO series.” “Inheritance”, but then worked together to develop their interests to the detriment of others.
In 1991, Donald secretly turned to Durben, according to the lawsuit, to get him to make a codicil to give Donald full control of his father’s estate, the lawsuit said. After his father rejected the codicil, Marian “finished the job” by providing a revised will that named her, Donald, and Robert as executors of their father’s estate.
According to Mary, they devised and implemented three schemes.
The first, according to the case, alleges that they derive value from its interests in the entities they own while portraying the transactions as legitimate business. The second, the case said, alleges that they suppressed the value of her interests by using fraudulent valuations and financial statements. And in the third, they claim that they forced her to sign an agreement, threatening her interests with bankruptcy and canceling the health policy for her brother’s young son, who suffers from seizures and was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy, according to the lawsuit.
In addition to allegations that the older Trump committed fraud, Mary Trump’s lawsuit accuses them of violating their trust duty and misrepresenting.
“Through each of these schemes,” the lawsuit states, “the defendants not only deliberately deceived Mary from what was rightfully hers, but also kept her in the dark about it – until now.”