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Ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon charged in border wall scheme

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, former White House strategist Steve Bannon arrives to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington. Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court. (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has been arrested on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” The charges were contained in an indictment unsealed Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Federal prosecutors alleged that Bannon and three others “orchestrated a scheme to defraud hundreds of thousands of donors” in connection with an online crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $25 million to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. The indictment said Bannon received over $1 million himself, using some to pay a co-defendant and hundreds of thousands more to cover Bannon’s personal expenses. A phone at the law office of Bannon’s lawyer went unanswered Thursday.


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