Maryanne Trump Barry, President Trump’s older sister, has retired as a federal judge in a move that will end a court inquiry into possible unethical conduct over her role in the fraudulent tax schemes reported by The New York Times.
The newspaper reported Wednesday that Barry had completed her retirement after filing last month to officially leave the bench, making her immune from misconduct proceedings.
The 82-year-old had not heard cases in two years according to the Times but was listed on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s roster as an inactive judge.
In February, the court announced that it was launching a probe into a tax scheme in which Barry and her family accrued millions of dollars in additional wealth from their father’s real estate empire by participating in “dubious” tax strategies in the 1990s.
The Hill reports:
The investigation, which would not affect a retired judge, was dropped last week without reaching its conclusion, according to the Times. Barry, according to the Times, was a co-owner of a shell company through which the Trumps allegedly marked up purchases already made by their employees and split the markup without gift or estate taxes.
President Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder has disputed that the company was set up to avoid taxes. “The New York Times’s allegations of fraud and tax evasion are 100 percent false, and highly defamatory,” he said, according to the Times.
Barry would reportedly go on to earn $182.5 million from her share of her father’s empire, according to the Times. A complaint reviewed by the Times alleged that Barry had committed “misconduct” related to her ownership of the shell company.
“The complaints allege, on the basis of a news article, that the then-inactive senior circuit judge may have committed misconduct relating to tax and financial transactions,” reads the document dated April 1, according to the newspaper.