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President Donald Trump and two of his siblings were sued Thursday by their niece Mary, who accused them of fraud of allegedly cheating on them out of the millions of dollars they were entitled to after their father died.
In addition to the president, the other defendants include retired federal appeals judge Maryanne Trump Barry and the executor of the estate of Robert Trump, who passed away last month.
"For Donald J. Trump, his sister Maryanne and their late brother Robert, fraud wasn't just a family business – it was a way of life," said Mary Trump's lawsuit. "All in all, they ran away with tens of millions of dollars or more."
The lawsuit, filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, follows the publication of Mary Trump's best-selling scrapbook, which 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.
Last summer, a lawsuit filed under the name of Robert Trump failed to prevent Mary Trump's book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the Most Dangerous Man in the World, from being published.
That lawsuit alleged Mary Trump breached a nondisclosure agreement she signed to settle a similar legal claim regarding the denial of assets to which she was entitled.
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 suit claims her aunt and uncle pledged to monitor their financial interests when her brother and father 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 defendants "lied".
"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 policy that kept (Mary's brother) Fred III's little son alive, and once at the table presented Mary with a pile of fraudulent assessments and deals and a written agreement that itself reminds of their fraud and received their signature (the & # 39; squeeze-out & # 39;). "
"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 states that Mary Trump, who previously reached a financial settlement with her uncles and aunt over claims to her grandfather's estate, Fred Trump Sr., only learned after a revelation by the New York Times that she was entitled to much more the Trump family in 2018.
The deal, which she made two decades ago, assumed the Trump family estate was worth $ 30 million, according to Mary Trump. However, she later believed it was closer to $ 1 billion.
"My Uncle Donald and Robert and Aunt Maryanne should protect me as my trustees and trustees," said Mary Trump in a statement.
"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, who represents writer E. Jean Carroll in a civil defamation lawsuit against the president for alleging that Carroll lied by saying he was raped by him in the dressing room in the mid-1990s Department store in Manhattan.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters when asked about the lawsuit, "The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives and she really discredited herself."
McEnany's testimony referred to Mary Trump secretly taking in her aunt Barry in 2018 and 2019 and talking about President Trump.
The Washington Post said in an article last month about those calls that Barry said of President Trump, "He has no principles. None," that the president regularly lies, that as a teenager he was "a brat" when she did his Homework for him.
"It's the phonicity of everything," said Barry on a call quoted by The Post. "It's the phoniness and that cruelty. Donald is cruel."
A Robert Trump attorney did not immediately return requests for CNBC's comment on the lawsuit. Maryanne Trump Barry's contact information was not immediately available.
Fred Trump Sr., a real estate developer, died in 1999.