TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Donald Trump has suffered a legal blow after an appeals court rejected his request to delay a $250 million civil fraud trial initiated against him by New York’s Democrat Attorney General Letitia James.
Thursday’s refusal to put off Trump’s civil fraud trial set for Monday came from the Appellate Division, a mid-level appeals court in Manhattan, Reuters reports, as cited by Newsmax.
James brought the case in September 2022, as she accuses the former president, his sons Don Jr. and Eric, and the Trump Organization of “staggering fraud” to inflate the value of their properties.
The NY AG is seeking a minimum of $250 million in penalties, a ban against the defendants from operating companies in New York, and a five-year commercial real estate ban against Trump and the Trump Organization.
On September 14, Donald Trump sued the judge in the case, state court Justice Arthur Engoron, to delay the trial.
The former president’s legal team accused Engoron of failing to comply with a June ruling by the appeals court, which they claimed had obliged the judge to turn down James’ charges because some of her accusations were “too old.”
The Appellate Division’s ruling against Trump’s request came two days after earlier this week, Justice Arthur Engoron decided that the 45th president of the United States and his family had committed fraud regularly by overvaluing his net worth and assets for the sake of better loan and insurance conditions.
According to the judge, Trump and his sons live in “a fantasy world, not the real world,” based on their valuations for real estate, such as the Trump Tower in Manhattan and the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Engoron suggested he had found “conclusive evidence” that the Trump family had exaggerated the former president’s wealth by up to $2.2 billion.
According to the report, the judge’s decision to cancel some of the Trump businesses’ certificates “could force Trump to cede control to a receiver of properties.”
Those include the Trump Tower, a Wall Street office building, golf courses, and his estate in Westchester County, New York.
In June, the appeals court declared that James couldn’t seek some claims predating July 2014 or February 2016.
However, the NY AG insisted she could still go after Trump on those claims due to his “continuing wrongs.”