Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon arrested, charged with defrauding donors to ‘Build the Wall’ campaign


by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Italy

Steve Bannon, a former senior White House adviser and campaign manager for President Donald Trump, was indicted Thursday by federal prosecutors in New York, according to CBS.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Bannon had been placed in federal custody. Along with three others, he was charged with defrauding donors to the “We Build the Wall” campaign by using money intended to help build a border wall for hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and a Timothy Shea [49, of Castle Rock, Colorado] are accused of scamming over $25 million under the guise of raising funds to build a wall on the US’ southern border with Mexico in an indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. As reported by Russia Today.

While donors to the crowdfunding campaign were told Kolfage, the public face of We Build the Wall, “would not be paid a cent,” the quartet allegedly funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to themselves, concealing the transactions with phony invoices and accounts.

We Build the Wall “capitaliz[ed] on [donors’] interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction,” acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement on Thursday.

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This looks as another big strike on the battle for the running to November Presidential elections in Usa. After the harsh campaign conducted by Black Lives Matter throughout many American States.

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  1. I see the correction:
    CNBC’s Kevin Breuninger contributed to this story.

    Correction: This story was updated to correctly identify defendant Timothy Shea, 49, of Colorado, not Timothy Shea, who in May was announced as the acting administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration.

    That explains were the other VT article on this story went.

  2. Showdown at the Justice Dept.? T.S. (of Colorado) Come on!
    Hopefully that went quite for the trial.

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