The investigation targeting the Donald Trump family conglomerate relates to allegations of tax fraud, insurance fraud, or even bank fraud. The former US president denies any wrongdoing.
“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into this organization is no longer of a civilian nature only,” said Fabian Levy, spokesman for the New York State Attorney, Letitia James. “We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization into criminal matters, along with the attorney general in Manhattan.”
The Trump Organization is made up of hundreds of companies associated with Donald Trump or his relatives, including hotels, real estate companies and golf courses.
Fraud of all kinds
Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance in 2018 launched an investigation focused initially on payments made, prior to the 2016 presidential election, to two alleged mistresses of the Republican billionaire, and then extended to allegations of tax fraud, insurance fraud, or bank fraud. .
This investigation is conducted in secret before a grand jury. Attorney Vance, a Democrat like Letitia James, obtained tax returns from Donald Trump for the past eight years and the Trump Organization in February after a long legal battle.
According to The New York Times, citing a source familiar with the matter, Letitia James’ office will continue its civil investigation and simultaneously send two deputy attorneys to join Cyrus Vance’s team.
Reinforced team of defenders
Donald Trump, who left the White House in January, denied any wrongdoing and described the investigation as “a continuation of the largest political pursuit in the history of our country.”
In early April, as the Manhattan County Attorney’s investigation advanced into suspicions of tax or banking fraud, the Trump Organization beefed up its team of advocates by hiring seasoned criminal attorney Ronald Fichte, 84.
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