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President Donald Trump and two of his siblings were sued Thursday for fraud and other claims by their niece Mary Trump, who claims she cheated on them out of millions of dollars to which she was entitled after her father died.
"For Donald J. Trump, his sister Maryanne, and their late brother Robert, cheating wasn't just a family business – it was a way of life," begins Mary Trump's suit.
"All in all, they (Mary Trump) ran away with tens of millions of dollars or more."
The Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit follows the publication of a bestseller by Mary Trump that sharply criticized the president.
And it comes less than six weeks before the November 3rd election, when the president faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Robert Trump died last month after a lawsuit filed under his name failed to prevent the publication of Mary Trump's book, which his lawsuit alleged was in breach of a nondisclosure pact signed to clarify a similar legal claim by Mary Trump of having denied their owed property. In Mary Trump's lawsuit, the executor of Robert's estate is named as the defendant.
Maryanne Trump Barry is a retired federal appeals judge.
Donald Trump with sister Maryanne Trump Barry and brother Robert Trump attend the opening of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in April 1990.
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Mary Trump's new lawsuit alleges that the three defendant siblings – whose father Fred Trump Sr. founded a real estate empire in Queens – pledged to monitor Mary Trump's financial interests when her brother Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981. Mary was then 16 years old.
"After his death, Mary inherited valuable minority interests in the family business," the lawsuit said.
But instead of protecting their interests, the siblings' defendants said "lied" in the case.
"They designed and implemented a complex program to divert funds from their interests, hide their grip and deceive them as to the real worth of what they inherited," the lawsuit alleges.
The alleged regulations included charging "exorbitant management fees, consulting fees and salaries" from companies that were part of Mary's financial interests.
"The defendants committed three fraudulent schemes against Mary," the lawsuit said.
"Each system was a scam in its own right, but they also built on each other. First, the defendants fraudulently deducted the value of Mary's interests in corporations owned and controlled by the defendants while disguising those transfers as legitimate business transactions ( the & # 39; Grift & # 39;). " Suit said.
"Second, the defendants have fraudulently depressed the value of Mary's interests and the net income they generate, in part through fraudulent appraisals and degrees (the 'devaluation')," the lawsuit states.
Third, after Fred Sr.'s death, the Defendants forced Mary to the negotiating table by threatening to bankrupt Mary's interests and by overturning the health policies that kept Fred III's young son alive and handed them once at the table Defend Mary a pile of fraudulent assessments and deals and a written agreement reminding herself of her fraud and getting her signature (the "squeeze-out"). "
"Through each of these plans, the defendants not only deliberately betrayed Mary out of her betrayal, but also kept her in the dark about it – until now," the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit claims fraud, civil conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty.
The lawsuit alleges that Mary Trump, who previously reached a financial settlement with her uncles and aunt over claims to her grandfather's estate, was not entitled to much more until the New York Times revealed the Trump family in 2018.
Mary Trump said in a statement: "My Uncles Donald and Robert and Aunt Maryanne should protect me as my trustees and trustees."
"Recently I learned that they are not protecting me but betraying me by secretly working together to steal from me, telling lie after lie about the value of what I have inherited, and tricking me into giving it all away for a fraction of its true worth, "said Mary Trump.
"I am bringing this case to justice and to regain what is rightfully mine."
Mary Trump is represented by attorney Roberta Kaplan, the same attorney who represents writer E. Jean Carroll in a civil defamation lawsuit against President Trump for alleging that Carroll lied by saying she was raped by the president in the mid-1990s in the locker room of a department store in Manhattan.
The White House and a Robert Trump attorney did not immediately return CNBC requests to comment on the lawsuit. Maryanne Trump Barry contact information was not immediately available.