Conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl charged with selling fake securities

Conservative conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl has been charged with selling fake securities in California, The Daily Beast reported Wednesday.

Between July and August 2016, Wohl and his former business partner, Matthew Johnson, allegedly tried to sell unqualified securities while representing themselves as members of a company called Montgomery Assets, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 19.

Prosecutors had to file charges by the end of August in order to stay within a three-year statute of limitations, The Daily Beast reports.


Warrants were issued for the men on Aug. 19, though Wohl told NBC News the warrant was recalled after he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Wohl made national headlines last fall after claiming he had proof through "an intelligence firm" that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE had sexually assaulted an unnamed woman.

The intelligence firm was quickly found to be a phone number registered to Wohl’s mother, while the document he provided in an attempt to support the claims had a slew of inaccuracies.

His Twitter account, which was used to spread wild conspiracy theories — including one in January that claimed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRoe redux: Is 'viability' still viable as a constitutional doctrine? Yankee Doodling the media: How 'Let's Go Brandon' became a rallying cry against news bias Katie Couric: CNN shouldn't have let Chris Cuomo 'yuk it up' with brother Andrew during pandemic MORE had secretly died — had more than 185,000 followers before he was permanently banned from the platform in February.