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Properties flagged by Letitia James in grievance

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An aerial view of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. August 15, 2022.

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A bombshell lawsuit against former President Donald Trump filed Wednesday comprises a head-spinning amount of detail about real estate, loans and other financial arrangements that Recent York Attorney General Letitia James alleges were elements of a wide-ranging fraud that spanned years.

James claims that Trump and his company, the Trump Organization fraudulently manipulated the valuations of properties owned by the corporate to acquire higher terms on loans and insurance and to lower their tax burdens. Trump strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Listed here are some highlights from the civil suit, which names Trump but his three oldest children, the Trump Organization, and two company executives as defendants.

  • Statements of Financial Condition: Between 2011 and 2021, Trump’s annual Statements of Financial Condition, which presupposed to state his net price, “were fraudulent and misleading,” inflating his net price falsely by billions of dollars every year, James’ office said. The statements included valuations of properties and other assets that also were allegedly fraudulent and misleading.
  • Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida: This property was valued at as much as $739 million on the “false premise that it was unrestricted property and might be developed and sold for residential use, despite the fact that Mr. Trump himself signed deeds donating his residential development rights, sharply restricting changes to the property, and limiting the permissible use of the property to a social club,” James’ office said. “In point of fact, the club generated annual revenues of lower than $25 million and may have been valued at closer to $75 million.”
  • Seven Springs, Westchester County, Recent York: A 212-acre estate, which Trump bought in 1995 for $7.5 million, was valued at as much as $291 million prior to now decade based on claims that the property had zoning for nine mansions that might be sold for a profit of greater than $161 million. “These values were a fiction, totally unsupported by the event history of the property and contradicted by every skilled valuation done on the property,” James’ office said.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago: This property’s value has not been included on Trump’s financial statements since 2009 “because, based on sworn testimony, Mr. Trump didn’t need to take a position that might conflict along with his contention to tax authorities that the property had develop into worthless, and thus formed the premise of a considerable loss under the federal tax code,” James’ office said. But in 2012, Trump and his company obtained a $107 million loan on the property from Deutsche Bank, using the constructing or its components as collateral. “The loan received a $45 million expansion in 2014,” James’ office said.
  • Trump Old Post Office, Washington, D.C.: The Trump Organization’ obtained a $170 million loan from Deutsche Bank to develop this property right into a luxury hotel on favorable terms because of this of the loan being personally guaranteed on the premise of Trump’s financial statements. Any misrepresentation on those statements would constitute a default under the terms of the loan,” James’ office noted. “In May 2022, the Trump Organization sold the Old Post Office property for $375 million. Consequently, Mr. Trump obtained greater than $100 million in net profit, which was the results of the loan he was in a position to obtain through the use of his false and misleading statements.”
  • Trump Aberdeen: This golf course in Scotland had a $327 million valuation largely based on the belief that 2,500 homes might be developed. In point of fact, the suit said, the Trump Organization only had obtained zoning approval to develop lower than 1,500 cottages and apartments.
  • Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, Florida: Only a 12 months after Trump bought the property for $5 million, he valued it at $62 million. “The golf course was valued using a fixed-asset approach despite the fact that that was not an appropriate method for valuing an operating golf course,” James’ office said.
  • Trump Tower Triplex: The suit says Trump’s personal triplex apartment in Manhattan was valued as being 30,000 square feet when it actually slightly below 11,000 square feet. Due to the misstatement, in 2015 the apartment was valued at $327 million, or $29,738 per square foot. “That price was absurd given the proven fact that at that time just one apartment in Recent York City had ever sold for even $100 million, at a price per square foot of lower than $10,000, and that sale was in a newly built, ultra-tall tower,” James’ office said. “In 30-year-old Trump Tower, the record sale at the moment was a mere $16.5 million at a price of lower than $4,500 per square foot.”
  • Trump Park Avenue in Manhattan: The property was valued on Trump’s financial statements at between $90.9 million and $350 million from 2011 to 2021. “Reported values of the unsold residential units of the Trump Park Avenue constructing were significantly higher than the interior valuations utilized by the Trump Organization for business planning and didn’t account for the proven fact that many units were rent-stabilized,” James’ office said. “For instance, an out of doors, bank-ordered appraisal in 2010 valued the 12 rent-stabilized at $750,000 total. Yet, within the 2011 and 2012 statements, the rent-stabilized apartments at Trump Park Avenue were valued as market rate for nearly $50 million total.” And in July 2020, the Trump Organization received an appraisal that valued the property at $84.5 million. But on its 2020 financial plan, the corporate valued Trump Park Avenue at $135.8 million.
  • 40 Wall Street in Manhattan: “The Trump Organization received a bank-ordered appraisal for the business property at 40 Wall Street that calculated a worth for the property of $220 million as of November 1, 2012,” James’ office said. “Yet within the statement that 12 months and the subsequent 12 months (2013), 40 Wall Street was valued at $527 million and $530 million — greater than twice the worth calculated by the independent, skilled appraisers.”
  • Vornado Partnership: The suit said that for several years, Trump’s financial statements included money that was held by this entity. In point of fact, Trump had a minority stake in Vornado Partnership and didn’t control it, the suit said. “In some years these restricted funds accounted for nearly one-third of all of the money reported by Mr. Trump,” James’ office said.

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