Donald Trump’s Own Witness Describes How Penthouse Price Was Inflated (Nick Mordowanec, 12/07/23, Newsweek)

Eli Bartov, a research professor of accounting at New York University’s Stern School of Business, testified on Thursday on Trump’s behalf and previously testified as an expert witness more than 15 times.

Bartov, according to multiple reports from those inside the courtroom, said the estimated square footage of Trump’s New York penthouse—roughly three times its actual size—was inflated.

He was referring to Trump more than doubling the value of his triplex apartment on his statement of financial condition, from $80 million to $180 million, between 2011 and 2012, according to ABC News.

“The triplex, the price was inflated,” he said. “There’s no question about that.”