Architect of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory, Steven Bannon has been charged with defrauding Trump supporters in a campaign to help build his signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Bannon who was a top adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign and later served as White House chief strategist, helped articulate the right-wing populism and fierce opposition to immigration that have helped define Trump’s 3-1/2 years in office. Bannon left the White House in August 2017.
Steven Bannon was among several people charged with wire fraud in an indictment by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through a $25 million crowdfunding campaign called “We Build the Wall,” the Justice Department said.
According to prosecutors Bannon received more than $1 million of that money through an unnamed nonprofit organization.
The donors thought the money would go toward helping to build a border wall, prosecutors said. But Kolfage, whom they described as the public face and founder of the operation, received thousands of dollars that he used to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Daily Times gathered that Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea we’re also charged.
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