Trump cedes control of the cash collateral for his $175M civil-fraud bond under new agreement with NY officials

  • NY took Trump and his bond underwriters to court Monday, three buildings south of his criminal trial.

  • The parties agreed to limit Trump's access to $175M collateralizing his civil fraud appeal bond.

  • The NY Attorney General's Office had been concerned that Trump maintained some control of the cash.

Lawyers for Donald Trump and the New York Attorney General's Office struck a deal Monday that will now keep the GOP frontrunner from having any access to the cash collateral for his $175 million civil-fraud bond.

The agreement reached in civil court in Manhattan essentially moves the all-cash collateral to a Trump-proof lockbox. Only the bond underwriter, Knight Specialty Insurance Company, has the key.

Previously, Trump and Knight shared control of the cash, a sticking point for the AG's office.

Monday's agreement was reached during a 20-minute huddle among the lawyers, Law360 reported.

The hearing revealed that the cash, held in a Charles Schwab account pledged to KSIC, has already earned Trump $700,000 in interest, the outlet reported.

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The 10 a.m. bond hearing overlapped with the start of opening statements in Trump's criminal hush-money trial, held on the same Lower Manhattan street, two courthouses to the north.

The bond keeps AG Letitia James from potentially seizing Trump's assets to satisfy the more than $454 million he owes the state after losing last year's civil fraud trial.

Trump is appealing the penalty, which continues to accrue interest at a rate of $1 million every nine days. On Monday, his debt to New York totaled $460 million.

The monetary judgment and other penalties — including a ban on Trump running a New York business for three years, currently on hold due to the appeal — were imposed in February.

State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, who presided over the nearly 11-week fraud trial, found that for a decade, Trump, his eldest sons, and the Trump Organization exaggerated his net worth in financial statements used to secure more than $400 million in loans.

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