Trouble ahead: Federal civil suit exposes Trump business practices and syndicate ties
A civil RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) lawsuit exposing Donald Trump's associates' criminal business practices was filed in the U.S. Court in the Southern District of Manhattan on June 20, 2016. The suit was filed by two principals of Bayrock Group, LLC, which developed the Trump SoHo condominium-hotel complex in Manhattan.
The Kushner Companies, then run by Trump's son-in-law and current senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, developed property adjacent to the Trump SoHo complex. Alex Sapir of the Sapir Organization is linked to the development of both the Trump and Kushner properties in SoHo. However, Sapir was not named as a defendant in the suit against Bayrock.
Among those named in the civil RICO suit against Bayrock were three of Trump's close Bayrock business associates, Felix Satter (aka Felix Sater and Felix Sheferovsky), the managing director of Bayrock LLC; Julius Schwarz; and Tefvik Arif, Bayrock's principal owner and associate of the infamous mafia syndicate, the "Kazakhstan Trio," comprised of Alexander Mashkevich, Patokh Chodiev, and Alisan Ibragimov. Bayrock also developed the Trump International Hotel and Residence in Phoenix, Arizona. Sater now serves as an unofficial adviser to Trump and is a close associate of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Source: Trouble ahead: Federal civil suit exposes Trump business practices and syndicate ties