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Trump Niece, Mary Sues Him and Two of His Siblings Over Fraud Allegations

The niece of Donald Trump followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit on Thursday alleging that she was cheated out of millions of dollars by the president and two of his siblings over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.
“Fraud was not just the family business – it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said. In the case, brought before a state court in New York City, Mary Trump sought unspecified damages.
The lawsuit alleged that the president, his brother Robert Trump who died last month, and his sister, former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as the protectors of Mary Trump while secretly taking her share of minority interests in the vast real estate holdings of the family.
When her father, Fred Trump Jr, died in 1981 at 42 after a battle with alcoholism, Mary Trump and her brother, Fred Trump III, inherited various real estate business interests. At the time, Mary Trump was 16.
According to the complaint, Mary Trump’s interests, which included a share of hundreds of New York City apartments, were devalued by Donald Trump and his siblings by millions of dollars even before Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr, died on 25 June 1999.
Mary Trump and her brother filed challenges to the will after the death of the family patriarch, and Donald Trump and his siblings ratcheted up the pressure to settle by cutting off their niece and nephew’s health insurance, the complaint said.
The behavior was said to amount to unfathomable cruelty because the third child of Fred Trump III, born hours after the funeral of Fred Trump Sr, had seizures and needed comprehensive medical attention, including months in a neonatal intensive care unit.
The complaint said that while they forced Mary Trump to accept a settlement and relinquish all assets in the Trump firms, the uncles and aunt issued false accounting and financial statements that misrepresented the value of the estate of their father at $30 m or less.
In compliance with a confidentiality clause in the resolution of the conflict over the will of Fred Trump Sr, Mary Trump’s lawyers declined to reveal how much she got.
But the figures provided in the complaint on Thursday make it unlikely that more than several million dollars will have been received by her.
Robert Trump said the payout was important in a lawsuit aimed at preventing the July release of Mary Trump’s book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.
The complaint said that the fraud against Mary “was especially heinous and morally guilty because she was purposely targeted by the defendants because they hated her.” It noted that, in a tweet, the president said she was “rightfully shunned, scorned, and ridiculed all her existence.” It said he cited tweets describing her as “a mess” that her grandfather “could not stand.”
Mary Trump, a psychologist, studied the president thoroughly in her book in unflattering terms and made an argument, which he refuted, that as he tried to move to the University of Pennsylvania, he paid someone to take the SATs for him.
The case demanding a jury trial will have to navigate regulations that limits the amount of time anyone can wait to sue for fraudulent conduct.


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