The New York State Attorney announced Tuesday that the Trump Organization, a conglomerate of companies in the family of former US President Donald Trump, is undergoing a criminal investigation.
“We are informing the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civilian,” said attorney general spokeswoman Letitia James.
“We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization for criminal reasons, along with the attorney general in Manhattan.”
The organization is the holding company for hundreds of Trump companies, from hotels to golf courses.
Trump, who left the White House in January, denies wrongdoing and has already described the investigation into his finances by Attorney General Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, as “a continuation of the largest political hunt in the history of our country.”
Meanwhile, James’s office is also investigating allegations of bank fraud and insurance fraud through civil litigation.
The Trump Organization beefed up its legal team by hiring veteran criminal attorney Ronald Fichte, 84, in early April.
The attorney general’s investigation initially focused on payments to buy the silence of two women who claim to have had ties to Trump, but has expanded to include allegations of tax evasion and fraud.
The investigation was conducted in secrecy and appears to be moving forward when the Vance team received eight years of tax returns from Trump in March.
Six months after losing the US presidential election, millions of Republicans continue to view Trump as their leader, despite his repeated and unfounded claims that President Joe Biden was elected by fraud.