Judge who fined Trump $454 million for 'fraud' now under investigation

 May 9, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Arthur Engoron, the New York judge who found there was "fraud" by President Trump and his companies in a case where no one lost money and the "victims" wanted to do more business with him, now reportedly is under investigation.

For possibly getting advice from a lawyer just before announcing a draconian $454 million fine against Trump.

The Gateway Pundit reports that real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey had a discussion with the judge and recommended the judge get the decision "right."

The report said the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct is looking at whether Engoron broke the rules.

The case before Engoron claimed Trump's companies mis-valued properties while obtaining loans. The lenders testified the procedures used were standard in business practices, and they came to their own estimates of property values.

Engoron's claim was that Trump and each of the defendants “participated in aiding and abetting the conspiracy to commit insurance fraud by their individual acts in falsifying business records and valuations, causing materially fraudulent SFCs to be intentionally submitted to insurance companies."

The judge's determination – he found "fraud" before the trial and then held the hearings solely to determine the punishment – now is on appeal.

The Pundit explained, "Bailey stated publicly that he spoke with Judge Engoron three weeks before the decision, advising him to 'get it right.'"

Bailey charged, “I actually had the ability to speak to him three weeks ago,” Bailey told NBC New York on Feb. 16. “I saw him in the corner [at the courthouse] and I told my client, ‘I need to go.’ And I walked over and we started talking … I wanted him to know what I think and why…I really want him to get it right.”

A spokesman for Engoron claimed there was no improper communications.

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