Brian Kolfage, the man who crowdfunded $25 million to help build Donald Trump's U.S-Mexico border wall, has been indicted on tax-fraud charges...
And the crowdfunding effort itself has been found to be fraudulent.
Read on for the full story...
Now, we all remember the notorious plans made by former POTUS Donald Trump to build a wall along the U.S-Mexico border...
And there's no doubting that these plans poured even more fuel upon the migrant problem our country has been facing for years now.
Many would argue that our country is set to experience one of its worst migrant crises in decades.
Since April 2020, the number of migrants being stopped at the U.S-Mexico border has been steadily rising and, under a public health order issued by Trump, Title 42, the Biden administration has been rapidly denying most single adults and families entry into the country.
However, the order has been allowing teenagers and children to stay...
And they have been arriving in ever larger numbers.
As of Sunday, March 14th, more than 4,000 migrant children were being held by the Border Patrol custody...
Including at least 3,000 being held in custody longer than the seventy-two-hour limit set by a court order, a U.S. official told the Associated Press.
As a result of this, President Biden has been put in a difficult position.
The president has labeled the detention of migrants as a "moral failing and a national shame" and promises to "welcome immigrants in our communities" on his official website, which has left many feeling confused and somewhat frustrated with the current situation at the border.
He has been slammed by Republicans for what they view as an encouragement to illegal border crossers...
And has even been criticized by some Democrats over what they see as the prolonged detention of minors.
Former President Donald Trump then waded into the equation, telling Fox News that the crisis was "destroying our country."
"It is a crisis like we have rarely had and certainly we have never had on the border. But it is going to get much worse. What we are seeing now is very bad - record numbers."
Now, we all know that Trump's hopes for the wall running along the U.S-Mexico border didn't exactly plan out...
And although reports have suggested that construction is set to continue on the wall under the Biden administration, we're still yet to see the wall that has been hyped up since 2016 be unveiled.
Of course, many have fiercely protested against the construction of the wall...
But a vast majority of Trump's loyal supporters have been supporting the idea and have also been demanding for the wall to be constructed as soon as possible.
And then, in 2018, a "We Build the Wall" fundraiser was launched.
The fundraiser was started by Brian Kolfage, a veteran of the U.S Air Force and a fierce Trump supporter, and Steve Bannon, a former investment banker. The website stated:
"If you are sick and tired of watching politicians in both parties obstructing President Trump's plan to build a wall on our southern border, then you have come to the right place. We The People are coming together to build segments of border wall on private property and the best part is, we're going to do it for a fraction of what it costs the government."
Kolfage's aim was to raise $1 billion via GoFundMe...
Funds that would contribute to the construction of Trump's beloved wall.
Kolfage said the target figure was achievable, adding "This won't be easy, but it's our duty as citizens"...
And in an email to the Washington Post, Kolfage stated that he began the fundraiser as "political games from both parties" that have been holding back funding for the wall.
Within 3 days, over $9 million had been raised.
Just a few months after launching the fundraiser, Kolfage posted a message to the GoFundMe page explaining he had decided that raising money through a nonprofit would be more successful.
A new 501(c) non-profit was created, named We Build The Wall Inc. through which Kolfage planned to have segments of the wall privately constructed through negotiations with landowners along the border.
But in August last year, things took an ugly turn for the war veteran and his associates.
Federal prosecutors in New York filed an indictment against Kolfage and Bannon, accusing them of using some of the $25 million raised for the "We Build the Wall" organization to line their own pockets.
2 other conservative political operatives, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea, were also charged in the scheme.
The prosecutors accused Kolfage of using $350,000 in donor money to fund a lavish lifestyle...
Including spending money on home renovations, a boat, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, jewelry, plastic surgery, and credit-card debt.
And now, over 2 years on from the fundraiser first being set up, Kolfage is facing yet another tax case.
Newly unsealed court documents show that a federal grand jury in Florida indicted Kolfage over accusations of fraud and filing false tax returns.
Charging documents reviewed by Insider said Kolfage's tax filings for 2019 represented an income of $63,574.
But the documents said Kolfage personally received hundreds of thousands of dollars that year through the "We Build the Wall" project and other organizations.
The charges were first reported by Bloomberg News.
Additional charging documents in the Florida case detailing how Kolfage handled his money were not immediately available in public court records.
The indictment said Kolfage kept his money in the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, which typically represents members of the U.S military.
So, it looks like Kolfage's efforts to get the wall built have been to little avail...
As well as his efforts to benefit personally from the millions being donated!