American President Donald Trump’s top adviser Stephen K. Bannon was charged with fraud on Thursday for his part in a scheme related to “We Build the Wall”, an online fundraiser. According to details, the online fundraiser had collected almost $25 million for Trump’s plan to build a wall on the Mexican border.
In a statement Audrey Strauss, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan said,
“Bannon with three defenders 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.”
According to sources Bannon was arrested in Connecticut by U.S. postal inspectors on early Thursday. He was brought to Manhattan where he was charged with fraud in a two-count indictment unsealed in federal district court.
He was later expected to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge in New York.
The federal authorities said that Bannon created Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and decided to defraud donors to build the wall campaign with three other people including Brian Kolfage, 38, an Air Force veteran from Miramar Beach, Fla.; Andrew Badolato, 56, a financier from Sarasota, Fla.; and Timothy Shea, 49, of Castle Rock, Colo.