Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Avoided Fraud Charge in 2012

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Avoided Fraud Charge in 2012

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. Avoided Fraud Charge in 2012

Donald Trump Jr. and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, two of President Trump's children, were almost indicted in 2012 on accusations they misled potential buyers about units in the Trump SoHo, a hotel and condo development that was seeking buyers.

There was "no doubt" that the Trump children "approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales", one person who saw the emails told reporters.

The Trump family at the opening of the Trump SoHo in New York City April 9, 2010.

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What wasn't made public at the time, was how close prosecutors were to bringing felony fraud charges against Ivanka and Donald Jr. He now says he intends to give back the additional money from Kasowitz.

According to the report, Kasowitz donated $25,000 to the re-election campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.in 2012 and also asked Vance for the investigation to be dropped.

Records show that Vance returned the $25,000 donation from Kasowitz before their meeting, a step the prosecutor said was part of his policy of returning any money contributed by someone with a case before his office. After the investigation ceased, Kasowitz reportedly wrote another check to the re-elected DA, for $50,000. That second donation, Vance said, went through a rigorous vetting process that his office uses for all donations to identify conflicts of interest, including a final review by his chief deputy at the time, Alonso.

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Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, met with Vance in March of 2012, urging him to drop a mushrooming investigation into Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.'s possibly criminal inflating of sales figures at Trump SoHo, where units were selling poorly.

Under the settlement, in November 2011, Trump and his co-defendants agreed to refund 90 percent of $3.16 million in deposits to the buyers, while admitting no wrongdoing.

An investigation by ProPublica, WNYC and The New Yorker reveals that in 2008, the siblings massively inflated the number of the building's units that had been bought.

"I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call", Vance said. He said he's "never made a contribution to anyone's campaign, including Cy Vance's, as a "quid-pro-quo" for anything".

A spokeswoman for Vance's office emphasized this reversal in a statement to Gothamist.

"This was a two-year investigation that never produced sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution", Joan Vollero, Vance's director of communications, told Huffington Post in a statement. "No outside attorney influenced any decision in this matter".

Ivanka told reporters in 2010 that the 43-story luxury building was 60 percent sold, an important indicator of a safe investment.

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