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Former Trump adviser Bannon charged with fraud by federal prosecutors

  • Published at 02:19 pm August 20th, 2020
Steve Bannon
File Photo: Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon attends the "Atreju 2018"meeting organised by Fratelli d'Italia party, in Rome, Italy on September 22, 2018 Reuters

Bannon, a prominent figure on the American political right, served as a campaign and White House adviser to Trump

Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a fundraising campaign to support the building of Trump's promised US-Mexico border wall, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced that Bannon was charged in an unsealed indictment along with several others including Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through a $25 million crowdfunding campaign called "We Build the Wall."

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.

Bannon, a prominent figure on the American political right, served as a campaign and White House adviser to Trump, who made the construction of a border wall a key campaign promise in 2016.

Kolfage is due to appear in federal court later on Thursday in Florida, while Bannon is set to appear in federal court in Manhattan. The other two defendants are due to appear in courts in the Middle District of Florida and Colorado.

A spokeswoman for Bannon could not be immediately reached for comment.

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