The campaign, known as "We Build the Wall," raised more than $25 million, according to prosecutors from the Southern District of New York, which brought the charges.
"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," Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
Mr. Bannon was arrested Thursday morning.
Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2020
The title I used here is a mashup of titles, not what appeared on the WSJ.
August 21, 2020
Voices4America Post Script. It seems #CriminalTrump' “best people“ all steal from charities. 🤔 #DonaldTrumpJr #EricTrump #IvankaTrump all banished from being on nonprofit boards for life. #SteveBannonCriminal #OnlyTheBestPeople #ShareThis
Here are some additional details about the Bannon Arrest and the Fraud.
Bannon is the sixth person who served in the inner circle of President Trump's 2016 campaign to be criminally charged by the Trump administration's Justice Department.
Prosecutors say Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors with We Build the Wall, a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million amid promises to erect a barrier on the southern border. The campaign initially announced a $1 billion goal. According to We Build the Wall's website, a number of high-profile figures in Trump's orbit have sat on the group's board, including anti-immigration activist Kris Kobach, Blackwater founder Erik Prince, baseball player turned right-wing blowhard Curt Schilling, former Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke, and anti-immigration zealot Tom Tancredo.
Here is the full Rolling Stone article, outlining the scheme. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/steve-bannon-we-build-the-wall-indicted-1046931/