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Court orders Trump to pay nearly half a billion dollars

A New York judge has ordered former President Donald Trump to pay more than $454 million for misrepresenting his wealth in a financial fraud case brought by state Attorney General Letitia James. The decision includes a $354,9 million fine imposed by Manhattan District Court Judge Arthur Engoron.

In addition, the court ordered Trump's sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, to pay nearly $4,7 million each. Alan Weiselberg, former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, must pay $1,1 million. Engoron also banned Trump from operating any company in New York or obtaining loans from state banks for three years and his two sons for two years in respect of their leadership positions.

Judge Engoron noted the defendants' "complete lack of remorse, bordering on pathological." Trump responded by accusing James and Engoron, both Democrats, of corruption, calling it a “witch hunt” instigated by political opponents.

A request by the defendants' lawyer, Clifford Robert, for a 30-day stay of execution to allow for an "orderly post-conviction process" was rejected by the judge. The decision was one of the most high-profile in a series of legal challenges that Donald Trump has faced since the end of his presidency.

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