Donald Trump was finally served with $250 million New York fraud lawsuit after three weeks, and a court order, according to Insider.
Trump and his son Eric Trump, an executive VP of the Trump Organization, have evaded service of the lawsuit ever since it was filed three weeks ago. Their attorneys never responded to emails from New York’s attorney general Letitia James’ office.
Their silence forced the AG to seek a court order last week that allowed her to simply email the papers.
The judge overseeing the case agreed that emailing the papers to their attorneys would suffice as service of the papers.
James revealed in a court filing on Thursday that both Trumps were served through their respective attorneys “by sending in electronic mail a message containing a secure cloud link to pdf attachments of all the documents.”
The suit accuses the Trump Organization of exaggerating the company’s worth. For example, it claims that Trump’s Florida estate and golf resort, Mar-a-Lago, was valued as high as $739 million, but should have been valued at around one-tenth that amount, at $75 million. The suit says that higher valuation was “based on the false premise that it was unrestricted property and could be developed for residential use even though Mr. Trump himself signed deeds donating his residential development rights and sharply restricting changes to the property.”
It seeks a $250 million judgment and a prohibition on any of the Trumps leading a company in the state of New York.