Donald Trump reaped over US$100 million through fraud, New York says as trial begins
Former US president Donald Trump keeps up verbal attacks on prosecutor and judge, denouncing case as a ‘sham’The fraud trial, one of several legal battles against Trump, could potentially see him barred from doing business in New York stateDonald TrumpReutersPublished: 10:44pm, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMPCorrected [11:39am, 3 Oct, 2023][11:39am, 3 Oct, 2023]
A previous headline stated Donald Trump allegedly reaped over US$1 billion through fraud. This was amended to US$100 million.
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A defiant Donald Trump attacked New York’s attorney general and the judge overseeing his civil fraud trial as it began on Monday, with a state lawyer accusing the former president of generating more than US$100 million by lying about his real estate empire.
Attorney General Letitia James is seeking at least US$250 million in fines, a permanent ban against Trump and his sons Donald Jnr and Eric from running businesses in New York and a five-year commercial real estate ban against Trump and the Trump Organization.
Testimony in the Manhattan courtroom began following opening statements, with Donald Bender, a partner at Mazars USA and long-time accountant for Trump’s businesses, as the state’s first witness.
Trump told reporters before the trial began that the case was a “scam”, a “sham” and a political vendetta by James, and during a lunch break called the Democrat “a corrupt person, a terrible person. Driving people out of New York”.
He was equally unsparing of the judge, Arthur Engoron, calling him a partisan Democrat who is using the case to interfere with the 2024 presidential election, where Trump holds a big lead for the Republican nomination.