Mary Trump’s complaint has renewed attention on her uncle and his family, fewer than six weeks before Donald Trump hopes to win reelection.
Trump is separately trying to keep Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from seeing his tax returns for a criminal probe, and faces a civil investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into whether he inflated asset values to obtain loans and tax benefits.
The complaint by Mary Trump, who is a psychologist, retraces some allegations in her recent tell-all: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
She said that when her father Fred Trump Jr died in 1981, when she was 16, he left her valuable stakes in the family business that his siblings Donald, Maryanne and Robert were supposed to monitor as fiduciaries.
But she said the Trumps instead moved to siphon funds away, deceive her about what she stood to inherit, and “squeeze” her out.
Mary Trump, now 55, said the alleged fraud did not come to light until October 2018, when the New York Times reported on its investigation into tax matters involving the Trump family.
In a statement provided by her lawyer, Mary Trump said her family betrayed her by working in secret to steal from her, telling “lie after lie” about her inheritance, and “conning me into giving everything away for a fraction of its true value.”
Prior to his death on Aug. 15 at age 71, Robert Trump had led the family’s unsuccessful effort to block Mary Trump from publishing her memoir. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Additional reporting by Alexandra Alper and Jeff Mason in Washington, D.C. and Karen Freifeld in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Rosalba O’Brien)