Trump Golf Club Pays Settlement After Scamming Members

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Trump National Golf Club cheated its members and then refused to refund their membership fees.

One of President Donald Trump's golf clubs agreed to pay out $5.45 million to former members after a rule change by Trump cost them millions in lost membership fees.

The aggrieved were 65 members of the Trump National Golf Club in Florida, and details of the lawsuit's settlement were released Friday.

Trump changed the membership rules of the club in Jupiter when the Trump Organization purchased the former Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa in 2012. The club had allowed members who wanted to leave to continue to play golf (and pay dues) until replacement members were found. Their memberships deposits were refunded once replacements stepped into the spots.

Under Trump, members who had declared they wanted to leave either had to convert their memberships to discounted nonrefundable deposits to continue club access — or stop using the club altogether while replacements were found, which meant it could take years before their fees would be refunded.

In the ruling against Trump last year, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra said that Trump had breached the club's contract with members.

The settlement was less than the full amount owed, but if Marra approves the deal, members will receive about 94 cents of each dollar lost.

This is not the first lawsuit settle since Trump became president:

After he was elected, Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle a class action lawsuit against his Trump University, which clients said was a fraud.

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