We Construct the Wall founder, who’s affiliated with Steve Bannon, faces taxes and fraud
Brian Kolfage Jr., Senior Airman in the U.S. Air Force, a triple amputee who lost both his legs and arm on his second deployment to Iraq in 2004, takes part in the Veterans Day parade in the November 11, 2014 5th Avenue in New York (USA).
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Brian Kolfage, who was previously charged with Steve Bannon for his role in an allegedly fraudulent crowdfunding campaign to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, was charged Tuesday on Tuesday on additional charges of fraud and filing a false tax return.
A federal grand jury in Florida accused Kolfage of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income for his 2019 taxes, on recent indictments.
An indictment and a first appearance for Kolfage are scheduled for May 27 in a courthouse in Pensacola before Judge Elizabeth Timothy, court records show.
Kolfage was charged with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy in federal court in Manhattan last year along with three employees, including Bannon.
Former President Donald Trump pardoned Bannon and dozens of others on his last night in office. Trump did not apologize to Kolfage.
The allegations all stemmed from “We Build the Wall,” the alleged fundraiser to privately build parts of the border wall that Trump had promised.
The Justice Department claimed that Kolfage, who founded the campaign, and his staff defrauded “hundreds of thousands of donors” by raising millions of dollars “on the false pretext that all of this money would be spent on building” the border wall.
Instead, the defendants planned to pass some of this money on to Kolfage, “which he used to finance his lavish lifestyle,” the Justice Department said.
Harvey Steinberg, a Kolfage attorney, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.