Trump and his children accused in lawsuit of investment scams
President Donald Trump and his three eldest children were named in a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing the family of targeting working-class Americans with investment scams. The suit was filed on Monday in federal court in New York by four individuals who say they represent thousands of other victims.
“The Trumps conned each of these victims into giving up hundreds of thousands of dollars – losses that many experienced as devastating and life-altering,” according to the suit. Trump, along with his children Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka, have for years sought to systematically defraud “economically marginalised people” looking to invest in their educations or start small businesses, according to the complaint.
The suit focuses on the Trump family’s involvement in a multi-level marketing company called ACN, which offers business opportunities to participants. From 2005 to 2015, Trump endorsed ACN in exchange for millions of dollars in “secret payments”, the suit claims. Trump allegedly said in promotions that participants have a “great opportunity” without “any of the risks most entrepreneurs have to take”.