Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. investigated for felony fraud: report
By MarketWatch, MarketWatch , Andrea Riquier
Report suggests that political contributions played a role in getting the years-long case closed
For years prosecutors with the Manhattan District Attorney's office built a criminal case against two of President Donald Trump's children, until a lawyer for the family made a personal contribution to the re-election campaign of D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr.
The case was then dropped, according to a collaborative investigative article (https://www.propublica.org/article/ivanka-donald-trump-jr-close-to-being-charged-felony-fraud) published by ProPublica, The New Yorker and WNYC.
Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. had been under investigation by the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the D.A.'s office since 2010 for misleading prospective buyers of the Trump SoHo, a faltering hotel and condo development, according to the article.
Prosecutors had extensive evidence against the siblings, including emails discussing how to "coordinate false information" and the Trumps worried about being indicted.
A source told the team of reporters behind the article that there was "no doubt" that they "approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales."
In 2012, Marc Kasowitz, who had served as Donald Trump's attorney for years, donated $25,000 to Vance's reelection campaign. He then visited Vance and "simply repeated the arguments that the other defense lawyers had been making for months." Three months later, the district attorney told the Major Economic Crimes Bureau to drop the case against the Trumps.