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.
(Reuters) – Steve Bannon, a former adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to a fundraising campaign to support the building of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, the Justice Department said
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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.