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Two plead guilty to pocketing funds raised for ‘We Build the Wall’ project

Co-founder of project to raise money for US-Mexico wall pleads guilty in case that once included Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon

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Co-founder of project to raise money for US-Mexico wall pleads guilty in case that once included Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon

Highlights

  • Brian Kolfage admitted to pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars while promising all donations would pay for the wall.
  • Co-founder of the “We Build The Wall’s Wall” group raised more than $25m from thousands of donors as they repeatedly pledged that every dollar would be used for the project.
  • Andrew Badolato, 57, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and tax charges brought originally in Florida.
  • Without the plea deal, the defendants could have faced a maximum punishment of 46 years in prison.
  • The case began in dramatic fashion in August 2020, when Steve Bannon was pulled from a luxury yacht off the coast of Connecticut and arrested.