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A prosecutor from New York opened one investigation criminal on the finances of the Trump Organization that had not been previously reported, according NPR.
The Westchester District Attorney’s investigation, Miriam E. “Mimi” Rocah, you are examining property valuations in the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, north of the city of New York.
A source with knowledge of the investigation has confirmed that Ossining, the town that collects local golf course taxes, has received a subpoena from Rocah’s office to release documents.
The investigation was reported for the first time by The New York Times. The Times also reported that Prosecutor Rocah has officially requested the golf club’s records.
Donald trump and the City of Ossining have fought for years over property tax assessments.
On an interview 2018 with WNYC and ProPublica, Ossining Supervisor Dana Levenberg noted that Trump one time claimed a value for tax purposes that was less than one-tenth of what the city believed the property was worth. After what Trump sworn in, his business continued his pattern of suing Ossining for his property tax assessments.
In that interview, Levenberg pointed out how uncomfortable it is to face a lawsuit from the business of a sitting US president. “It certainly is uncomfortable, at best,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, Kimberly Benza responded by email: “The suggestion that something was inappropriate is completely untrue and incredibly irresponsible.” Noted that Trump and the City of Ossining agreed to a property valuation compromise last July.
That settlement reduced the appraised value of the property and resulted in a refund for Trump $ 875,000, according to The New York Times.
Rocah’s research adds to the considerable legal headaches of Donald trump In New York.
In July, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., filed an accusation against the Trump Organization and his former CFO Allen Weisselberg, which is why Vance says it was a 15-year plan to avoid state, local, and federal taxes through undeclared benefits and other illegal maneuvers. The Trump Organization and Weisselberg have pleaded not guilty.
The Attorney General of New York, Letitia james, is conducting its own civil investigation on the commercial practices of the Trump Organization.