Former Pres. Trump’s son-in-law Jared loses big time in court, ordered to pay millions.

Matthew C. Woodruff

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Jared Kushner has agreed to pay a $3.25 million fine to the state of Maryland and to reimburse potentially tens of thousands of tenants of his 9000 rental units in Baltimore. The restitution will take the form of refunds to tenants who were charged illegal fees such as excessive application fees, improper agent fees, writ fees and unreturned security deposits.

According to a Fox News affiliate, the original lawsuit alleged that Kushner’s company (he owns 50%) aggressively used state eviction laws to collect rent, sometimes illegally. In the past, the company has said the lawsuit was politically motivated. The state of Maryland sued the Kushner-owned company after ProPublica published a 2017 investigation that exposed how the company hounded low-income tenants with a barrage of lawsuits, eviction notices and late fees — even when residents had the legal right to continue living there.

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Kushner Baltimore property.(via realtor.com)

According to Alec MacGillis, the author of the ProPublica investigation, Kushner was very involved. “He was still running the company back in 2012, 2013, when the company decided to…start buying these complexes… and then his decision to pursue these people as aggressively as they did, really to sort of see these tenants as this incredible source of revenue that you wanted to squeeze as much out of as you possibly could.”

Though married to Trump’s daughter and even having been appointed as a Senior Advisor during Trump’s administration, the close relationship they enjoyed is now on the outs. According to Vanity Fair, “Given that Trump recently tried to overthrow the U.S. government, it’s not entirely surprising that Kushner wouldn’t be eager to be associated with the president at this moment in time.”

I assume now that Kushner is in his own legal trouble, Trump may feel the same way about associating with him.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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