Jared Kushner’s weekend just went from bad to worse with the latest out of the Maryland Attorney General’s office.
CNN reported Sunday evening that “The Maryland attorney general is investigating one of the Kushner family’s real estate businesses after media reports surfaced earlier this year about allegedly abusive debt collection practices and poor conditions at several of its properties.”
The Hill elaborated on the investigation, reporting that: “Kushner Companies said it is complying with Frosh.”
“We have been working with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to provide information in response to its request,” a company spokesperson told The Hill. “We are in compliance with all state and local laws.”
Continuing their report, The Hill noted that:
While the probe does not necessarily mean charges will be filed, this is not the first time Kushner Companies has found itself in hot water.
The report comes nearly three months after New York federal prosecutors subpoenaed the company over its use of a visa program that offers green cards to wealthy foreign investors.
This investigation comes on the heels of a horrifying expose detailing the business practices of JK2 Westminster LLC, a company owned by Jared Kushner.
The report, co-published by The New York Times and ProPublica, concentrated on on Maryland, specifically Baltimore County, although the corporation owns properties in several states.
Then in August 2017, The Baltimore Sun reported on what can only be described as Kushner’s war on the poor.
Ann Werner covered that story as well, reporting that: “Jared Kushner’s real estate holdings in Maryland earn his companies $30 million in profits, but that hasn’t stopped him from going after the poor people who live in the often sub-standard properties by utilizing what is termed ‘body attachments,’ which is a euphemism for arrest.”
Continuing, Werner reported that:
[T]he Kushner companies, which own 17 apartment complexes in Maryland, have sought the arrest of 105 former tenants for failing to appear in court to face charges of unpaid debt. Court records show that 20 former Kushner tenants have been arrested.
An analysis of Maryland District Court records shows that the Kushner companies have used this tactic more than any other landlord in the state since 2013 – the first full year the companies operated in Maryland. Since that time, Kushner affiliated companies have filed at minimum 1,250 legal actions and have reaped $5.4 million in judgments against tenants who owed an average of $4,400. That figure includes the original debt, court costs, legal fees and interest.