The complaint accuses Donald Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and his brother Robert Trump, who died in August, of “fraud and misconduct.”
Mary accuses the three of taking control of the real estate empire built by their father, Fred Trump Sr., who died in 1999, and of using it to get rich.
“Fraud was not just a family affair – it was a way of life,” according to a complaint in a New York state court in Manhattan.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Donald Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Asked on Thursday to comment on the trial, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: “The only fraud committed was that of Mary Trump, who registered one of her relatives and discredited herself.”
Maryanne Trump Barry, a former judge at a federal court of appeal who is currently retired, could not be reached immediately for comment. A lawyer representing Robert Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Robert Trump’s fortune was mentioned as a defendant in this case.
Mary Trump’s complaint draws attention back to her uncle and his family, just weeks before Donald Trump’s re-election as president.
Separately, Trump is trying to prevent Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from obtaining his eight-year tax returns in a criminal investigation and is facing a civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James in who is suspected of overvaluing the value of assets in order to obtain loans and tax benefits.
The complaint of Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, resumes some of the accusations included in her recently published book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
She said that when her father Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981, when she was 16, she left him valuable stakes in the family business that her brothers Donald, Maryanne and Robert had to run as trustees.
But she said they siphoned off funds, cheated on her inheritance and left her penniless.
Mary Trump, now 55, said the alleged fraud did not come to light until October 2018, when the New York Times wrote about her investigation into the Trump family’s tax problems.
In a statement from her attorney, Mary Trump said her family betrayed her by secretly working to steal her, telling “lie after lie” about her inheritance and “convincing me to give everything for a fraction of the value.” true. “
Prior to his death on August 15, at the age of 71, Robert Trump led the family’s failed efforts to prevent Mary Trump from publishing her memoirs.