New York, September 21 (EFE).- The New York Attorney’s Office has sued former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021), his three eldest children and his company, the Trump Organization, for fraudulently obtaining loans, insurance benefits and paid lower taxes.

New York Attorney Letitia James says Trump committed ‘tax fraud’ between 2011 and 2021 and the state is seeking $250 million in compensation, a ban on the Trumps’ businesses and a restriction on their purchase of commercial real estate in the United States. five years, he said on his Twitter.

New York District Attorney Letitia James, in a file photo. EFE/Justin Lane

“We found that Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations approximately 200 times over 10 years in their annual financial statements. These statements have been used to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in loans and insurance coverage,” he explained.

The prosecutor detailed that Trump was aided by his children Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and senior executives of his company to “illegally inflate and deflate his net worth into billions (of dollars)” in order to enrich himself and ” lie to the system. “.

Trump’s company at the center of the investigations

Thus, the family business of the former president would have encouraged banks to lend him money on more favorable terms than those he would have obtained, and insurers to grant him greater coverage for lower costs. , in addition to obtaining tax benefits, according to the notice. .

The charges, which James took to the state Supreme Court, are the result of an extensive civil investigation that spanned three years, with a legal battle in which Trump tried to obstruct and delay reporting requirements. or delivery of documents. .

View of the entrance to Trump Tower in New York, in a file photo. EFE/Justin Lane

At the beginning of August, he appeared before the prosecutor to testify in this case on the order of a judge, but he availed himself of the fifth amendment to the Constitution, which allows an investigated person to remain silent to avoid incriminating himself.

In addition to filing the complaint, the prosecutor recommended the initiation of criminal proceedings against the Justice Department and the federal tax collection service, which seems to dim the prospects of a political comeback from Trump, who could aspire to a new application in 2024. .

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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