- Investigators allege that the group of conservative leaders defrauded donors and that led to raising “more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States,” according to the press release.
- The campaign was intended to raise money to help President Donald Trump fulfill a campaign promise of building a border wall along the border. Instead, prosecutors allege, that Bannon and his team profited off of the arrangement.
- Prosecutors claim that the defendants “collectively received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor funds from ‘We Build the Wall,’ which they each used in a manner inconsistent with the organization’s public representations,” according to the indictment.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested on Thursday after being charged with defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through his “We Build the Wall” fundraising campaign.
Bannon and three of his associates were indicted by investigators for the Southern District of New York. Prosecutors allege that the group of conservatives defrauded donors, by raising “more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States,” but some of that money was used for personal gain, according to the press release.
The United States Postal Inspection Service assisted in the investigation.
The others mentioned in the indictment are Timothy Shea, Brian Kolfage, an Iraq war veteran, and Andrew Badolato.