Former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon arrested on fraud charges
The charges relate to a fundraising campaign to build a wall on the border with Mexico
Former adviser to President Donald Trump Steve Bannon has been accused of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud in connection with a fundraising campaign to support the construction of Trump’s promised border wall between the United States and Mexico, the Justice Department said Thursday..
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have announced that Bannon’s unclassified indictment also includes a number of others, including Brian Colfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea. The defendants are accused of fraudulently obtaining hundreds of thousands of donors as part of a crowdfunding campaign called «We’re building a wall» totaling $ 25 million.
Prosecutors said the campaign donors believed the money would go towards building the border wall. However, Kolfage, who is called the public figure and founder of the operation, received thousands of dollars that he spent on leading a luxurious lifestyle..
Bannon, a prominent right-wing figure in American politics, served on Trump’s campaign headquarters and later acted as a high-ranking White House adviser.
The promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico was one of the key elements of Trump’s 2016 campaign..
Kolfage is due to appear in federal court later Thursday in Florida, and Bannon is to appear in federal court in Manhattan. Two other defendants to appear before the Florida and Colorado courts.
Bannon’s spokesman has not yet been reached for comment..