Eric Trump has criticized a judge’s evaluation of his father’s Mar-a-Lago resort in a New York fraud case, arguing that the property is worth well over a billion dollars, contradicting the judge’s ruling that valued it at approximately $18 million.
In a post on social media, Eric Trump expressed his frustration, alleging that the judge’s decision was part of an effort to harm his father and force him out of New York. He contended that Mar-a-Lago is speculated to be one of the most valuable residential properties in the country and should be worth much more than the court’s assessment.
Justice Arthur Engoron’s ruling, delivered on Tuesday, found former President Donald Trump guilty of fraudulently inflating property valuations, including Mar-a-Lago and Trump Park Avenue in New York. Engoron referenced a Palm Beach County Assessor’s appraisal from 2011-2021, which valued Mar-a-Lago in the range of $18 million to $27.6 million, significantly lower than Trump’s claimed value.
Eric Trump also shared an unverified screenshot displaying residential listings in Palm Beach, Florida, seemingly with market values exceeding $35 million. He emphasized that these properties, while highly valued, don’t compare to the grandeur of Mar-a-Lago, citing differences in size, location, and the property’s ability to span from one side of Palm Beach Island to the other. He criticized the court’s decision as a “travesty of justice.”
This ruling is part of a broader lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. The lawsuit, with $250 million in dispute, alleges a long-standing pattern of fraud over a decade, accusing the Trump Organization of manipulating asset valuations to reduce tax liabilities and secure favorable insurance terms.
In prior testimony, Donald Trump downplayed the significance of the values on his financial statements, citing disclaimers cautioning against reliance on their contents.
Justice Engoron’s ruling includes the revocation of specific business licenses held by Trump and the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee the Trump Organization. The ruling also rejects Trump’s attempt to summarily dismiss the entire case, allowing the remaining claims to proceed to trial, scheduled to start on Monday.