New York investigates Ivanka and Don Jr. for Trump SoHo scheme

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Sometime in 2010, date unknown, the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the District Attorney’s office opens an investigation of Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump for falsifying the value of Trump SoHo hotel and condos, misleading prospective buyers.

The Trump Organization hires many top New York attorneys to represent them.

The evidence included emails from the Trumps making clear that they were aware they were using inflated figures about how well the condos were selling to lure buyers. In one email, according to four people who have seen it, the Trumps discussed how to coordinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. In another, according to a person who read the emails, they worried that a reporter might be onto them. In yet another, Donald Jr. spoke reassuringly to a broker who was concerned about the false statements, saying that nobody would ever find out, because only people on the email chain or in the Trump Organization knew about the deception, according to a person who saw the email.


Attorneys agree that the Trump family was exaggerating the value of the properties but argue that it isn’t a crime. The case continues for two years but is dropped when one of the attorneys bribes D.A. Cyrus Vance.


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