Eric Trump's charity is being investigated for alleged misuse of funds


New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into the Eric Trump Foundation for potential misuse of funds after a Forbes article detailed some pretty jarring accusations.

The outlet published an article Tuesday saying money raised at a charity event in September was grossly mishandled.

Forbes says the Eric Trump Foundation received a $100,000 donation from the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The magazine says that money was then used to pay a Trump property for charity expenses.

That looks like self-dealing, which is illegal.

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Eric Trump is President-elect Donald Trump's third child with his first wife Ivana Trump. 

Caption: Ivana Trump, Eric Trump, her former husband Donald Trump and her daughter Ivanka Trump in 1998. (Getty)

Eric attended The Hill School, a strict boarding school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Ivana Trump and Eric Trump in 1996. (Getty)

Eric attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He is the only one of the adult Trump siblings that did not attend their father's alma mater University of Pennsylvania. 

Caption: Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump (Reuters) 

Eric is a reality tv star just like his father. He has made appearances alongside the president-elect on The Apprentice as a boardroom judge from 2010-2015. 

Caption: Donald Trump (C) and his sons Eric F. Trump (L) and Donald Trump Jr. (R) attend the 'Celebrity Apprentice All Stars' Season 13 Press Conference in 2012. (Getty)

Eric Trump married his wife Laura in 2014. She is a producer for CBS' Inside Edition. 

Instagram caption: "Amazing that our anniversary is also Election Day! Happy anniversary @laraleatrump 🇺🇸🇺🇸"

Eric founded the Eric Trump Foundation when he was 23-years-old. The charity aims at raising money for children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The organization's website says they have "donated and pledged nearly $30 million dollars to St. Jude."

Instagram caption: "So proud of our @erictrumpfdn Road Scholar truck! It's dedicated to the children of @stjude"

Eric runs the Trump Organization's golf courses. Since joining the organization in 2013, Eric increased the number of international golf courses from three to 17.

Instagram caption: "Beautiful day to play at Trump National Jupiter @larayunaska"

While speaking on the campaign trail in October, Eric Trump mistakenly introduced then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as the Governor of Illinois. Pence is the governor of Indiana. The 32-year-old chalked it up to a slip of the tongue. 

Caption: Vice President-elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (C) is greeted by Eric Trump (R), son of President-elect Donald Trump. (Getty)

Eric made headlines on Election day after he tweeted a photo of his ballot while voting for his dad. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before garnering over 3,000 retweets and over 8,000 likes. 

It is illegal in New York to share a photo of your election ballot.

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The New York state attorney general's office has been investigating the president's foundation for months, but spurred by Forbes' reporting, it's now looking into the Eric Trump Foundation.

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Eric Trump said on Twitter he raised over $16 million for terminally sick kids. His spokesperson told media outlets, "At no time did the Trump Organization profit in any way from the foundation or any of its activities."

The Trump Foundation has previously admitted to violating rules against self-dealing.

Last year, The Washington Post reported Trump used charity money for some questionable purposes, including to buy a 6-foot portrait of himself.

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