NEW YORK — The son-inspire of President Donald Trump is facing federal fraud charges, his lawyer said Friday, in what would be a new twist in the saga of the president’s son.
Jared Kushner is accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a deal to build a luxury apartment complex in New Jersey.
Prosecutors say Kushner’s brother, New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, used the state’s real estate tax revenue to help fund his own personal businesses.
Christie and Kushner also have been charged with defrauding the state of more than $500 million in state funds.
They were both indicted on charges of bribery and mail and wire fraud.
Prosecutors declined to comment on the allegations against Kushner, who is accused by the U.S. attorney for New Jersey of being in a “financial position to enrich himself.”
The investigation is being handled by the Justice Department’s criminal division, and it is unclear if any charges will be filed.
Kushner’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors allege Kushner and Christie, who was recently elected to his first term as governor, helped arrange the deal by agreeing to use state funds to pay for the apartment complex, which would have been located on property owned by Kushner’s family.
Kushner and Christie both denied any wrongdoing in a statement Friday, and they argued the charges were politically motivated.
They have pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The case against Kushner and his brother has attracted considerable scrutiny, as well.
Christie and Kushner were accused of helping orchestrate the sale of a mansion in a high-profile real estate deal in 2015.
They are both under indictment in the case, which was investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Prosecutors said Kushner and other officials had “purchased” the mansion in exchange for a $10 million loan.
The indictment also accuses Kushner of failing to disclose the loan to his brother’s business partners, who helped to secure it.
The Kushner family’s assets have been frozen by the government as part of the investigation.