Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three defendants are due to stand trial in May on charges of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to contribute to a fundraising campaign that allegedly built a private wall. the border between the United States and Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan announced the start of the criminal trial on Monday (May 24th) after federal prosecutors uncovered allegations earlier this month stemming from the We Build the Wall project, which raised more than $ 25 million.
Bannon and co-defendant Brian Colfage, a veteran of the Air Force, have used hundreds of thousands of dollars from the fund for personal expenses, according to prosecutors.
Bannon and Colfage, along with co-defendants Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea, face charges that include conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to launder money, each with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Bannon, who was also CEO of President TrumpThe 2016 campaign is the last member of the president’s inner circle to face criminal charges.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communication with a Russian diplomat. He has since dropped a plea agreement and the Justice Ministry is seeking to withdraw its case against him.
Paul ManafortPaul John Manafort Remarkable for their absence from the language of the Republican Convention in Ukraine in the CSO platform highlights Trump’s tensions Republicans incriminate Trump, destroy his story of “Russian fraud” MORE, A former chairman of Trump’s election campaign, has served more than seven years in prison on numerous charges of bank and tax fraud.
And Trump changed his nearly adviser’s nearly 3 1/2-year prison sentence Roger StoneRoger Jason Stone Comey: Trump and Bar have damaged the Justice Department Republicans are accusing Trump of destroying his story “Russian Deception” by the Democrat at DeJoy’s House: “Your backup plan to be pardoned as Roger Stone?” MORE ▼ in July, days before Stone was scheduled to report to the Federal Correctional Facility.
Harper Nadig contributed to this report. Updated at 2:48 p.m.