…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: Another Trump guilty plea, a sad case of another veteran sucked up into the Trump grifter mob and got ‘drunk’ on the money flowing in, in the same way a church offering sister starts nipping a quarter from the plate, and then two, and eventually some of the paper, to buy an extra sugar donut on the way home.
So here he is with the beautiful family, having to say goodbye to the mirage he got caught up it. This is a guy that figured the Trump force would protect him, i.e., if he had won, this guy would never have been indicted, and if he had been indicted, he would have gotten pardoned by Trump, who now holds the most pardons for political grifters award.
Hopefully others will learn from the mistakes of these people… Jim W. Dean ]
First published April 21, 2022
NEW YORK — Brian Kolfage, a disabled veteran who headed a $25 million fundraising effort for a U.S.-Mexico border wall with the help of former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon, has pleaded guilty in connection to defrauding donors for his own gain.
Kolfage, an amputee who lost three limbs serving in Iraq, could serve more than five years in prison. He was accused of using more than $350,000 in donations on personal expenses such as home renovations and vehicle payments, after telling “We Build the Wall” campaign contributors that he would not take a cut of the collections or give himself a salary.
On Thursday, in federal court in Manhattan, he admitted to siphoning off money for himself and also pleaded guilty to tax crimes for failing to report that income.
The Florida resident told U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres that the organization met roadblocks in carrying out its original mission of subsidizing the construction of a border wall but that he “continued to raise funds and promised I would take no salary and would not take a penny in profits.”
Kolfage, a conservative activist, admitted that he “knowingly and willfully conspired to receive money from donations” as he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax-related charges.
You can read the full Wapo article here.