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Judge Orders Donald Trump to Pay $355 Million in New York Civil Fraud Case

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New York, NY — In a landmark ruling, Justice Arthur Engoron has ordered former US President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to pay a staggering fine of nearly $355 million in a civil fraud case. The decision, which came after a dramatic civil trial in New York, has significant implications for Trump’s business ventures in the state.

Background

The lawsuit, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, accused Donald Trump, his adult sons, and his company of defrauding banks and insurance companies by artificially inflating the value of Trump’s assets. The case centered around allegations of fraudulent financial statements related to Trump’s real estate holdings, including Trump Tower, the Mar-a-Lago estate, and several golf courses.

The Verdict

Justice Engoron had previously found Trump liable for fraud in the civil case. However, the recent ruling goes beyond mere liability. The judge’s order includes the following key points:

  1. Financial Penalty: Trump and the Trump Organization are required to pay a fine of nearly $355 million. This substantial amount reflects the severity of the alleged fraud.
  2. Business Restrictions: The New York State authorities have barred Trump from acting as a company director for three years.. This restriction could significantly impact his ability to conduct business within the state.
  3. Pending Appeal: While the cancellation of business certificates held by Trump and his co-defendants in New York is on hold pending appeal, the ruling remains a significant blow to Trump’s image as a successful billionaire.

Implications for Donald Trump

Although this case is civil rather than criminal, it has far-reaching consequences for Trump’s business interests. As he campaigns to regain the presidency, the trial serves as a precursor to four upcoming criminal trials that Trump faces this year.

The New York attorney general’s pursuit of damages and business restrictions underscores the seriousness of the allegations against Trump and highlights the legal challenges he continues to grapple with.

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