ALBANY, NY (WENY)--A NEW YORK STATE JUDGE Friday RULED MORE THAN $350 MILLION IN penalties AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS COMPANIES IN A CIVIL FRAUD LAWSUIT BROUGHT FROM New York STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LETITIA JAMES.  

THE JUDGE ALSO BARRED TRUMP FROM DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.  

SOME EXPERTS SAid WHILE TRUMP AND HIS LAWYERS WILL LIKELY APPEAL, THIS RULING COULD HURT TRUMP’S IMAGE.  

“It’s something that, you know if you look at Trump’s brand, it’s ‘I’m the great businessman, I’m a good businessman’ kinda thing and that really cuts into that,” said Shawn Donahue, assistant professor of political science at SUNY Buffalo.

THE JUDGE OVERSEEING THE TRIAL ISSUEd THE PENALTIES AFTER CONCLUDING IN A SUMMARY JUDGMENT BACK IN SEPTEMBER THAT TRUMP AND HIS ORGANIZATION INFLATED THEIR NET WORTH AND ENGAGED IN BUSINESS FRAUD OVER A SERIES OF YEARS.  

THE LAWSUIT FILED BY THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKED FOR SEVERAL penalties INCLUDING PAYING $250 MILLION AND PERMANENTLY BARRING TRUMP FROM WORKING AS A BUSINESSMAN IN THE STATE. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL JAMES LATER ASKED THE JUDGE TO INCREASE THE PENALTY TO $370 MILLION.  

DONAHUE SAid WITH THIS RULING, JAMES ALMOST GOT EVERYTHING SHE WANTED.  

“There’s not really the corporate death penalty on this case. The Attorney General Letitia James, it was a pretty big win for her,” he said.