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Trump Fraud.  Like wine and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, the words “Trump” and “Fraud” seem to pair perfectly.  The man has been a veritable fraud machine for decades.

Donald J. Trump, Sr., “Republican” Presidential candidate, reality television star, bankrupt billionaire, and yuge, I mean, yuge, fraudster has given us a trove of antics, actions, statements, and business dealings to satisfy even the most depraved fraudoholic (look it up.)

Whether illegally hiring non-union Polish workers; … or stealing money from the elderly with his dime-store “university,” Trump fraud has been as big a part of Trump’s life and career as hairspray and divorce lawyers.  (We’ll stay away from the multiple marriages and the society pages.)

This page is dedicated to the most central part of Trump: Fraud.  This means the page is a work in progress, always expanding and growing and finding the big.

in San Diego federal court, there are two other pending suits which aren’t as far along: a second class action in San Diego federal court, making civil racketeering charges, and an action filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, alleging fraud, false advertising, and other violations, and seeking $40 million in restitution.

… Page under construction… get over it… )



Fortune; notes, excerpts..

Trump University formed late 2004 and originally focused on web-based seminars and CD-ROMs. In May 2005 the New York Education Department notified Trump U that it was operating without a license and its use of the term “university” violated state law. The program, run directly out of the Trump Organization offices, pledged to move its headquarters out of New York, according to the New York AG’s complaint.It stayed and, in fact, used the Trump Organization’s “40 Wall Street” address in many of its promotional materials—apparently to underscore to students that they were now playing in the big leagues, Schneiderman and the plaintiffs contend. (Only five years later, in May 2010—after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from AG Schneiderman’s office—did the program finally change its name to Trump Entrepreneur Initiative. A few months after that, it ceased operations.Close to 6,000 students eventually bought into the three-day seminar. There students were urged to raise their credit card limits and to fill out financial statements,Close to 6,000 students eventually bought into the three-day seminar. There students were urged to raise their credit card limits and to fill out financial statements,

plaintiffs contend that both steps were really taken in anticipation of the next sales pitch, which arrived on the second day of the seminar.

That’s when the instructors urged prospects to slide further down the sales funnel. Seminar leaders pressed students to buy a “year-long mentorship” called the Trump Elite Gold program, which cost—brace yourself— $34,995. Instructors allegedly got 10% commissions on each sale. If the student balked, there were also Silver and Bronze Elite programs, for about $19,495 and $9,995. Participants were told that these were special, one-day-only prices; thereafter the cost would jump to about $48,490; $23,490;

and $10,995, they were told, according to the complaint. (More than 1,650 students bought services beyond the original first three-day seminar.The Elite program featured a three-day, one-on-one field experience, which was supposed to be followed by a “year-long” mentorship. )


“financial elder abuse”

not anonymous, to start with—they were filled out in front of the instructors themselves—and were executed during or immediately upon completion of the seminars, the plaintiffs say, before the students knew whether the company’s promises of continued support would be borne out.

accused not just of fraud, false advertising, and unfair business practices, but also of having used such tactics against vulnerable seniors in ways that violated special “financial elder abuse” statutes in California and Florida.

“As the recent Ponzi-scheme scandals involving onetime financial luminaries like Bernard Madoff and Allen Stanford demonstrate, victims of con artists often sing the praises of their victimizers until the moment they realize they have been fleeced.”


LA Times article:


free two-hour seminar is only a “preview” of the three-day workshops that Trump offers for $1,495.

And you’re thinking, “Hey, wait a minute. Isn’t this the same Donald Trump whose businesses repeatedly have had to seek bankruptcy protection and whose primary claim to fame these days has been hosting ‘The Apprentice’ on TV?”




Notes from usatoday.com study: involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits.

The sheer volume of lawsuits is unprecedented for a presidential nominee. No candidate of a major party has had anything approaching the number of Trump’s courtroom entanglements.

Just since he announced his candidacy a year ago, at least 70 new cases have been filed, about evenly divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them. And the records review found at least 50 civil lawsuits remain open

His companies have been involved in more than 100 tax disputes, and the New York State Department of Finance has obtained liens on Trump properties for unpaid tax bills at least three dozen times.“never” settles lawsuits, for fear of encouraging more, he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA TODAY. Most involve people who say they were physically injured at Trump properties, with settlements that range as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.

refuse to pay even relatively smallbout 1,600 — involved lawsuits against gamblers who had credit at Trump-connected casinos and failed to pay their debtsa bills

bankruptcy proceedings of Trump’s companies, and dozens more involved plaintiffs’ lawsuits against Trump businesses that judges terminated because the Trump companies targeted had gone bankrupt.

They include Trump’s ongoing suit against the town of Palm Beach over airplane noise near his Mar-a-Lago Club and an earlier lawsuit against the town over an 80-foot flag pole. Trump’s team argued in court that a smaller flag would understate his patriotism, but he eventually settled with town officials, agreeing among other concessions to lower the pole by 10 feet.

“It depends on the definition of what that means, ‘handpicked.’”

–Donald J. Trump, during an exchange in his sworn deposition last December.  Trump, who marketed his Trump University as being stocked with “handpicked” instructors, had never met any of the instructors at his unaccredited “university.”




federal lawsuits that we reviewed date back to 1983 and involve everything from business disputes, antitrust claims and, more recently, accusations that Trump’s campaign statements are discriminatory against minorities. resolved, some were dismissed as frivolous, and others were privately settled. He’s been sued by celebrities, personal assistants, prisoners, people in mental hospitals, unions, and Donald Trump has also done his fair share of suing as well. wealthy businessmen.





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