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Ex-White House adviser Steve Bannon arrested in fraud scam

Last Updated Aug 20, 2020 at 8:41 am PDT

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, left, leaves a House Intelligence Committee meeting where he was interviewed behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Summary

Steve Bannon has been arrested on charges related to fraud and money laundering

He and three others are accused of using an online fundraiser for a border wall to bilk hundreds of thousands of donors

Prosecutors say donors thought they were giving money to a campaign to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

NEW YORK — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges related to fraud and money laundering in connection with a fundraiser to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

It’s alleged that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme called “We Build The Wall.”

The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.

Federal prosecutors alleged Bannon and three others “orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors” in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.

A phone at the office of Bannon’s lawyer went unanswered Thursday morning. A spokeswoman for Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.