NY AG sues Trump Org, Trump and 3 Trump kids for tax, loan fraud. US charges 48 people in $250 million pandemic relief scam. Putin calls up more troops for Ukraine, makes nuclear threat.
NY AG sues Trump Org, Trump and 3 Trump kids for tax, loan fraud
After a three-year investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced today that the state is suing the Trump Organization, Donald Trump himself and his three children Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka for fraud. The suit alleges Trump overvalued properties to obtain favorable bank loans and undervalued properties to obtain tax benefits. James wants to ban the Trumps and the Trump Org. from transacting any property business in the state for 5 years. She’s also suing to recoup at least $250 million dollars of fraudulent gains by Trump and his business.
James’ civil suit is separate from a criminal probe by New York City Attorney Alvin Bragg. Bragg is investigating the Trump Org. for possible criminal violations of the tax code. James is assisting Bragg with his investigation.
US charges 48 people in $250 million pandemic relief scam
Federal attorneys have charged 48 people in Minnesota in connection with a scam to steal $250 million in pandemic aid meant to feed needy children. In 2020, the suspects opened a sham organization calling itself Feeding Our Future. Its purported mission was to deliver meals to need school children. Feeding Our Future set up more than 200 food delivery sites that they claimed were offering daily meals to tens of thousands of needy children across Minnesota.
However, these meals, and the children they were supposedly served to, were fake. The group registered “children” in the program using names from an online random name generator site. Rather than delivering meals, the group used roughly $250 million in federal funds on jewelry, cars, lavish travel and vacation properties abroad.
Putin calls up more troops for Ukraine, makes nuclear threat
In a public address, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a “partial mobilization” of Russian males with military experience to fight in Ukraine. That amounts to about 300,000 reservist troops to reinforce the frontlines in Ukraine. This renewed push comes after a major Ukrainian offensive in the east and ahead of what promises to be a hard winter.
During his remarks, Putin also claimed, falsely, that NATO had made nuclear threats and that it had armed Ukraine with weapons to target the Russian homeland. Putin vowed to defend Russian territories “by any means necessary” and reiterated that Russia “has various weapons of mass destruction and, in some categories, more modern ones than those possessed by NATO countries”. He finished off by saying “this is no bluff”.
Russia now poised to annex four new regions of Ukraine through sham referendum votes this week. Putin’s threat to defend his territories “by any means necessary” will likely extend to those newly-annexed regions.
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