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A watchdog group says Trump's financial reports are wrong and that could mean prison


The watchdog group Campaign for Accountability claims Donald Trump filed his financial disclosure forms inaccurately.

Specifically, the group claims Trump's forms imply his golf courses are worth far more than they actually are. If the group is right and Trump knew the numbers were false, he  could face up to five years in prison.

"While candidates are free to engage in hyperbole on the stump, they are expected to provide honest and accurate information in their financial disclosure forms," CfA executive director Anne Weismann said.

The details

Trump claimed on his Federal Election Commission forms that his 16 golf courses were worth at least $550 million. But CfA claims they're only worth $160 million.

They cite Trump claiming his Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Fla. was worth "no more than $5 million" to county officials, but said it was worth $50 million on his FEC forms. 

Trump regularly denounces his opponent as a liar, but those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...It might amount to a crime.
Anne Weismann, executive director of CfA

Knowingly and willfully filing false financial disclosure statements can lead to five years in prison, according to CfA. The group asked the Department of Justice to investigate. 

The complaint is meritless, and the [financial] report is legally compliant.
Hope Hicks, Trump campaign spokesperson

 The Trump campaign quickly replied to the accusations.

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These allegations throw doubt on Trump's repeated claims that he's "really rich," and thus can't be influenced by lobbyists. 

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