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Veteran Who Raised $25 Million to Build Trump's Border Wall Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

Veteran Who Raised $25 Million to Build Trump's Border Wall Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges
Fox Business

Former President Donald Trump's quixotic campaign promise of a giant wall at the southern border hit a lot of metaphorical walls along the way, culminating in a paltry 80 miles of brand new wall over the course of his four years in office.

Despite promising that Mexico would pay for the wall, Trump permitted the longest shutdown of the United States government in history to leverage additional funding for it. His administration then reallocated more than $3 billion from the Defense Department to fund its partial construction.

Along the way, Trump acolytes like white nationalist and former advisor Steve Bannon and Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage launched an effort to crowdfund the wall—We Build the Wall—generating tens of millions of dollars in donations from Trump's supporters.

The effort soon collapsed. Bannon was famously arrested for money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, though Trump pardoned him just before the former President left the White House.

Kolfage, who claimed he wouldn't earn a single penny for the efforts, he siphoned more than $350 thousand of the money to himself and the Southern District of New York (SDNY) delivered similar charges against him as the ones lobbed against Bannon. SDNY also charged Kolfage with lying on his 2019 taxes. According to Salvador Hernandez of Buzzfeed News, SDNY prosecutors announced in a letter that Kofalge would plead guilty to all three charges.

The news was met with schadenfreude from social media users.

Others reminded the internet of Kolfage's association with high-profile Republicans who've since distanced themselves from him amid the scandal.

Kolfage is set to change his plea on April 21.