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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Trump Attacks Niece Mary's Estate-Fraud Claims As Out Of Date

TrumpDonald Trump claimed that his niece Mary's fraud claims against him are "pre-textual." Mary has argued that her lawsuit claiming she was defrauded of "much of her in hesitance decades ago wasn't barred by a two-year statute of limitations. 

Mary Trump recently wrote a tell-all book about her family, in which she claimed her aunt and two uncles "conspired for decades to skim tens of millions of dollars off her inheritance. . ."

Mary claims she did not learn of the alleged fraud until she saw an October 2018 New York Times report on Donald Trump's finances, despite the dispute being settled in 2001. Mary argues that the statute of limitations should run from the article's publication date. 

In a March 25 filing, Donald Trump stated, “A simple reading of the Times article, however, proves this is to be a hollow argument since the vast majority of it has nothing to do with any claim of fraud Plaintiff now posits.” 

Trump also noted that Mary was a source for the Times story and that she provided documents that she received in the 2011 dispute. 

According to Financial Advisor Magazine, "[a] judge may set arguments on the matter before deciding on the motion to dismiss the suit, which names Donald Trump, his late brother Robert and sister Maryanne Trump Barry as defendants." 

See Erik Larson, Trump Attacks Niece Mary's Estate-Fraud Claims As Out Of Date, Financial Advisor, March 29, 2021. 

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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