Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon ARRESTED

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Former top Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested on charges alleging he defrauded donors in a fundraising scheme.

Bannon served as President Trump’s chief strategist while serving in the White House.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement:

“The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their 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. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.”

CNBC was one of the first to break the story Thursday.

Bannon, along with three of his associates were indicted by investigators at the U.S. Southern District of New York on Thursday. They 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 United States Postal Inspection Service assisted in the investigation.

The others mentioned in the indictment are Timothy Shea, who in May was announced as the Acting Administrator of Drug Enforcement Administration,  Brian Kolfage, a Iraq war veteran,  and Andrew Badolato.

The U.S. Attorney’s Officer for the Southern District of New York issued the following Press Release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Leaders Of ‘We Build The Wall’ Online Fundraising Campaign Charged With Defrauding Hundreds Of Thousands Of Donors

Brian Kolfage, Stephen Bannon, and Two Others Alleged to Have Funneled Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars From the Organization to Kolfage; All Four Defendants Allegedly Profited From Their Roles in the Scheme

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), announced the unsealing of an indictment charging BRIAN KOLFAGE, STEPHEN BANNON, ANDREW BADOLATO, and TIMOTHY SHEA for their roles in defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign known as “We Build the Wall” that raised more than $25 million.  The defendants were arrested this morning.  KOLFAGE will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hope T. Cannon in the Northern District of Florida.  BANNON will be presented today in the Southern District of New York.  BADOLATO will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Wilson in the Middle District of Florida.  SHEA will be presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix in the District of Colorado.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in the Southern District of New York.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their 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.  While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle.  We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.”

Inspector-in-Charge Philip R. Bartlett said:  “The defendants allegedly engaged in fraud when they misrepresented the true use of donated funds.  As alleged, not only did they lie to donors, they schemed to hide their misappropriation of funds by creating sham invoices and accounts to launder donations and cover up their crimes, showing no regard for the law or the truth.   This case should serve as a warning to other fraudsters that no one is above the law, not even a disabled war veteran or a millionaire political strategist.”

According to the Indictment[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

Starting in approximately December 2018, BRIAN KOLFAGE, STEPHEN BANNON, ANDREW BADOLATO, and TIMOTHY SHEA, and others, orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors, including donors in the Southern District of New York, in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign ultimately known as “We Build The Wall” that raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.  In particular, to induce donors to donate to the campaign, KOLFAGE repeatedly and falsely assured the public that he would “not take a penny in salary or compensation” and that “100% of the funds raised . . . will be used in the execution of our mission and purpose” because, as BANNON publicly stated, “we’re a volunteer organization.”

Those representations were false.  In truth, KOLFAGE, BANNON, BADOLATO, and SHEA 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.  In particular, KOLFAGE covertly took for his personal use more than $350,000 in funds that donors had given to We Build the Wall, while BANNON, through a non-profit organization under his control (“Non-Profit-1”), received over $1 million from We Build the Wall, at least some of which BANNON used to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in BANNON’s personal expenses.  To conceal the payments to KOLFAGE from We Build the Wall, KOLFAGE, BANNON, BADOLATO, and SHEA devised a scheme to route those payments from We Build the Wall to KOLFAGE indirectly through Non-Profit-1 and a shell company under SHEA’s control, among other avenues.  They did so by using fake invoices and sham “vendor” arrangements, among other ways, to ensure, as KOLFAGE noted in a text message to BADOLATO, that his pay arrangement remained “confidential” and kept on a “need to know” basis.

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KOLFAGE, 38, of Miramar Beach, Florida, BANNON, 66, of Washington, D.C., BADOLATO, 56, of Sarasota, Florida, and SHEA, 49, of Castle Rock, Colorado, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendants would be determined by the judge.

Ms. Strauss praised the outstanding investigative work of the USPIS and the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  She also thanked the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida for their assistance.

The case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Nicolas Roos, Alison G. Moe, and Robert B. Sobelman are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment, and the description of the Indictment set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described therein should be treated as an allegation.

You can read the indictment HERE.

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Rosemary Loven
Rosemary Loven
4 months ago

The Southern District of New York brought these charges? Why am I not surprised?

TruSkeptik
TruSkeptik
4 months ago

Leveling a charge and proving it are two very different things. One would have thought the DemoNazis would have learned that by now. This is nothing but an election year dirty trick.

DawnieR
DawnieR
4 months ago

Bannon is a criminal! Globalist scum! He’d infiltrated the the Trump Camp to destroy America! #LockHimUp!

susan dudak
susan dudak
4 months ago
Reply to  DawnieR

Dawnie, take a good laxative and you will feel great in the morning.

Kathy Gossard
Kathy Gossard
4 months ago
Reply to  DawnieR

If this is true then why didn’t Soros get arrested? He deserves a life sentence. Bannon’s arrest is just another ploy to “get” Trump….not going to work.

DShaw
DShaw
4 months ago

Of course the southern District of commie my….I will gladly give more money for the wall that is being built. The deep state strikes again

Susanna
Susanna
4 months ago

This is a deep state setup. No way are they guilty. Pray for these brave patriots. In the meantime millions have been raised to fund blm and others. Who gets the money and how was and is all of that distributed to anarchists.

Robert Miller
Robert Miller
4 months ago

Let me get this straight,when the DemonRats scream about nobody is above the law,why is it these people are not in jail yet(i.e.,O’Vomit,Hildabeast,Comey,Strozyk……….. ? That’s right,it doesn’t apply to these scumbags,because they are above the law!!

susan dudak
susan dudak
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Miller

Good question. And if Biden gets in, they NEVER will.

Retired Marine
Retired Marine
4 months ago

Well the pot arrested the kettle. Lies fly on the left, and they hope this childish game will make some kind of difference. They are correct, even MORE fence sitters will be voting for President Trump.

Retired Marine
Retired Marine
4 months ago

Couldn’t make it as a hooker?

jo walczak
4 months ago

This is a “Get Trump” and any one who has at one time worked for him.What about all the Obama dirty dealings? Nothing,Clinton dealings Nothing.Bias in full view.These judges are they Democrats? Republicans?I would like to know.These charges happen just before the election in Nov.2020.I smell a huge RAT!!!

Helga
Helga
4 months ago

That they would come up with something to charge more former Trump officials was completely predictable and it gives the anti and never-Trumpers more talking points about corruptions! They are ignoring all the DemocRATS corruption and Justice is going too slow on that!!

Namvet
Namvet
4 months ago

New york bringing charges on anyone not a demonrat is expected and laughable. Your governor and mayor are the biggest fraudsters of all.

BRANDY
4 months ago

THIS IS BULLSHIT, THEY HAVE ALREADY BUILT PORTIONS OF THE WALL!! THIS IS A DEEP STATE SET UP AND THEY WILL NOT GET AWAY WITH IT!! PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL MAKE SURE OF THAT!!

Mr.X
Mr.X
4 months ago

What about ActBlue and the millions of Black Lives Matter funds stolen by Democrats through ActBlue? Trump needs to fight back.

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
4 months ago

Indictment is a scary word, how ever in no way it means they are guilty. The next step is for the hearing to take place where they will have a chance to defend themselves, I’m guessing they will be set free and no charges will be proven (remember Roger Stone?). But as a tried and true tactic of the enemedia, you will never hear about it, so the public will only stick with the indictment part. This smells rotten, might be a case of persecution against a big and notorious group of deplorables who have earned the incalculable hate of the demon-rats, especially now that they are for open borders more than ever. Notice how swiftly, in the middle of the night this happened. They were probably caught totally off guard. I’m going to pray hard about this, if this is a scheme of evil people, may it fall apart and they end up in shame scurrying back to their dark holes where they belong. These reminds me of nazi Germany, when Hitler started rising, he first “took care” of his enemies, getting them out of the way.

Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
4 months ago
Reply to  proudmomoffive

I pray every day for confusion, in the Demoncraps camp. May they NEVER get their acts together, and at the end of the day let them all eat each other.

john
john
4 months ago

you need some personal money to operate a donor project…….it’s a commie ploy to discredit conservatives…may the commies burn in hell

proudmomoffive
proudmomoffive
4 months ago

LOL! You forgot to include the scam link in the first post. Not very smart, why should we listen to you?

CaptTurbo
CaptTurbo
4 months ago

Besides the small fish (FBI) arrests it seems that only Conservatives ever get charged with crimes? When the hell will the DOJ ever serve justice and bust the real fat, high level criminals like Hillary, Obama, Biden, Brennan, Comey, McCabe, … well pick just about any high level democrat and I will show you a high level criminal!

Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
4 months ago
Reply to  CaptTurbo

Because the ones like Killery either threaten, bribe or kill anyone who opposes them.

Ed D.
Ed D.
4 months ago

The deep state is at it again! And cnbc was the first to break the news? No surprise there. They probably were outside of Banning’s home when the cops arrested him.
The Postal Service should spend more time on delivering mail properly and less time on criminal investigations! Don’t ya think!

susan dudak
susan dudak
4 months ago

So what. At least he didn’t sabatoge a duly elected president for 3-1/2 years, buy a phony dossier to put the elected president’s people in jail for something they didn’t do or were threatened to do or otherwise their son would be put in jail.

glenn
4 months ago

Since these charges are brought by the left-wing lackies of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, I suspect they are fake charges brought by the criminal left.

Jas I
Jas I
4 months ago

Am I missing something ? Why are only non-Progressives being prosecuted ( 90%), especially in N Y Southern District Court?

Walkin O'Shea
4 months ago

Boy they sure were all over Bannon like sh*t on a goose. How come no ones been all over the democrat criminals and their patsies involved in the scams to impeach the President??? Something wrong in this scenario.

realitybasedbob
realitybasedbob
4 months ago
Reply to  Walkin O'Shea

Not really. If the Dems had done something wrong, without a doubt, Trump/Barr et al would be all over them like stink on Bannon.

gop has investigated Hillary for decades on our dime and ya know what they’ve found…<spoiler>N O T H I N G</spoiler>

realitybasedbob
realitybasedbob
4 months ago

Tough break about your hand picked by Trump and Breitbart wackadoodle hero, getting caught screwing Americans, huh. And you guys believed he was an American patriot! Kinda throws a heap of shade on your character acumen.
How many of Fat Donny’s hand picked inner circle thugs have been arrested or quit in disgrace? 10? 20? 30?

Gotta love the frog marching though.
Good work, gop!

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Nick1
Nick1
4 months ago

If he is guilty punish him. If he is not remove the Political NY AG from Office and disbar her,

JACK Scarpon
JACK Scarpon
4 months ago

SDONY ARE A BUNCH OF DEMON RATS WHO HATE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TRUMP!! JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED AND THESE DEMON RATS WILL PA THE PRICE!!

scd
scd
4 months ago

come back when you have the proof, as for the southern New York law office i would not believe anything they say, they have been after the President and anyone who has every shook his hand.

D MacKAY
D MacKAY
4 months ago

“The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”
Prosector Strauss is protected by the “Doctrine of Sovereign immunity. Strauss can withold excupatory evidence, Can pay witnesses to lie, and can leverage/extrot false testimoney form others by fabricatiosn and chicanery designed to Bankrupt the pwrsons she has charged. She can do all the forgoing while knonwingt her was nweve a criminal case and only “Trial By Medai” and Bankrpting legal fees forced onto hte targets.
The timing of the arrest and charges the week befroe the GOP conventions is why this smaks or Political Theater based on allegations and no charges.

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