(JTA) — He’s been sued by his vendors. He’s been sued by his creditors. He’s been sued by his lawyers. The IRS has a lien against him.
His name is Moshe Lax, and he’s Ivanka Trump’s former longtime business partner. He also introduced her to her husband, Jared Kushner.
Lax, an Orthodox Jew, is the subject of a profile in Politico Magazine that runs through his messy history of business dealings and details his partnership with President Donald Trump’s daughter. According to the article, he has remained close to the First Family even as the lawsuits against him have piled up.
Lax is the son of Chaim Lax, a diamond mogul and philanthropist. He became chairman of the now-defunct Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry about a decade ago. Lax ran the business out of his property on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, and signed a licensing agreement with Trump that paid her an annual fee and about a third of the net profits.
But Lax then defaulted on a series of payments and engaged in other practices described by Politico as inappropriate at best. Even so, Trump kept the business going, and appears to have conferred with Lax about another business deal.
Lax features glowingly in Ivanka’s 2010 book, “The Trump Card,” and was a guest at Donald Trump’s Election Night party last year. He’s also partly responsible for Ivanka’s marriage to Jared Kushner; they met at an event hosted by Lax at Prime Grill, a Manhattan kosher restaurant.
Lax hasn’t only owed money to Trump. In 2015, a court ordered him to pay $2.4 million plus interest to KGK Diamonds, a company he bought diamonds from but did not pay. The IRS has a $27 million lien against his father’s estate. He’s accused of hiding his wealth through a series of shell companies. And then there’s this, from the article:
Last January, Lax’s cousin, Aron, sued Lax and his sister for allegedly pursuing “unjust enrichment” by trying to evict Aron and his wife from a Brooklyn condo that they have resided in since 2006 but whose mortgage is in the name of Lax’s late father. Last October, the firm Porzio, Bromberg & Newman sued Lax for $100,000 in unpaid legal fees. And in June, the law firm Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone sued Lax for $20,000 in unpaid legal fees. The cases remain ongoing. Lax has also been named as a defendant in a number…