Daily US Times: The New York attorney general’s office says it is investigating the Trump Organization “in a criminal capacity.”
A spokesman for the top prosecutor of the state of New York, Letitia James, said the inquiry into the former president Trump’s property company was “no longer purely civil”.
Ms James has been scrutinising Trump’s financial dealings before he took office.
The former US president deny any wrongdoing and say the inquiry by a Democratic prosecutor is a political vendetta.
Fabien Levy, Ms James’ spokesman, said: “We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the Organization is no longer purely civil in nature.
“We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA. We have no additional comment.”
The statement didn’t say whether the former president himself might be personally implicated in any allegations or what turned the inquiry from civil to criminal in nature.
Civil cases usually have to do with injury to individuals or other private parties, including businesses; while criminal law applies in cases where the damage is thought to affect society at large, including the state.
In March 2019, Ms James launched a civil inquiry into claims that Donald Trump had inflated the value of his assets to banks when seeking loans, and understated them to lower his taxes.
Her office has also been seeking documents on four properties of Trump Organization in Manhattan, upstate New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
In court documents last August, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr said that his office was investigating alleged “protracted criminal conduct” at the Trump Organization.
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