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Trump’s niece was ‘swindled’ by family out of full inheritance: suit

President Trump and his siblings, Maryanne and Robert, “swindled” niece Marry Trump out of tens of millions in inheritance money, new court papers allege.

“Her aunt and uncles — who called Mary “honeybunch”— promised to watch over her interests for her benefit,” Mary’s Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Thursday says. “Instead, they swindled her.”

Mary — who fought her family in court earlier this year to publish a tell-all book — says that the trio’s scheme to cut her out of her inheritance began when her dad Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981 when she was just 16, according to court papers.

First, they “siphoned” money from the business interests that Mary inherited by transferring money to their own companies and masking them as “legitimate business transactions,” the court papers claim.

Second, for years they made it appear as though Mary’s interests were worth less than they actually were, in part through bogus appraisals and financial statements, the court documents allege.

Third, they strong-armed Mary into signing an agreement to cut her out of her grandfather Fred Trump Sr.’s estate after he passed away in 1999 by threatening to bankrupt her interests and canceling a healthcare policy for a nephew who had cerebral palsy, the court filing claims.

Donald, Maryanne and Robert “conspired with her trustee, maneuvered to steal her money, and lied to her about it,” the suit charges. “And in the end, they threatened her, put her infant nephew’s life at risk, and used their position of power to con her into signing her Interests away.”

Mary Trump's new book about U.S. President Donald Trump is on display at a book store
Mary Trump’s new book about U.S. President Donald Trump is on display at a book storeGetty Images

“My father died when I was still a teenager, and my uncles Donald and Robert and aunt Maryanne were supposed to be protecting me as my trustees and fiduciaries,” Mary said in a prepared statement.

“Recently, I learned that rather than protecting me, they instead betrayed me by working together in secret to steal from me, by telling lie after lie about the value of what I had inherited, and by conning me into giving everything away for a fraction of its true value.”

“I am bringing this case to hold them accountable and to recover what is rightfully mine,” Mary’s statement continued.

Mary’s lawyer, Roberta Kaplan said, “We now know that under the guise of supposedly taking care of their teenage niece after her father’s untimely death, Donald, Robert, and Maryanne Trump perpetrated elaborate schemes to defraud Mary Trump in order to enrich themselves to the tune of millions of dollars at her expense.”

Robert died last month at the age of 72.

“The only fraud committed there was Mary Trump recording one of her relatives and she’s really discredited herself,” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said at a Thursday briefing.

Additional reporting by Ebony Bowden

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