Veteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges

Veteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges
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The pro-Trump activist and military veteran who was charged last year over a campaign to build a section of privately-maintained border wall along a stretch of land near El Paso, Texas, now faces an additional federal charge.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Brian Kolfage, the public face of We Build The Wall, was charged this week with filing a false tax return that improperly hid money that entered his personal bank account from the campaign, which he pledged initially would not personally benefit him or other organizers.

If convicted, Kolfage could face thousands of dollars in fines from the IRS.


The charge comes on top of charges he was slapped with alongside fellow organizers Stephen Bannon, formerly of Breitbart News, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea last year that include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Kolfage could face up to 20 years in prison for each of the charges he previously faced, and the new charge comes as one of his alleged co-conspirators, Bannon, escaped federal legal jeopardy earlier this year when former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE pardoned him hours before leaving office.

Bannon could still face state charges over the alleged scheme, according to the Post, which reported that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is still considering charges against the former Trump campaign and White House strategist.