Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former President Donald Trump, is expected to surrender to indictment in New York City on Thursday on new criminal charges linked to an alleged fundraising scheme.
The case is expected to echo aspects of a previous federal criminal case, in which Bannon and three co-defendants were accused of conspiring to defraud donors who paid $$ to build a security wall on the US-Mexico border. Contributed more than 25 million.
Those who reportedly asked for a crowdfunding campaign were assured that all money raised would go towards the construction project – helping promote the Trump White House signature goal.
However, the federal indictment in that case alleged that Bannon and his co-defendants secretly plagiarized Hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity. Federal prosecutors allege that Bannon collected more than $1 million through a non-profit organization he controlled, and used the money to pay personal expenses and other costs.
The alleged conspirators pleaded not guilty. Trump pardoned Bannon in the final days of his White House term, dismissing the federal case against the strategist.
However, then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. began an investigation into the alleged scheme using state criminal statutes. The criminal charges of the state cannot be erased by the President’s clemency.
Vance’s successor as Manhattan’s top local prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, continued the investigation, leading to anticipated new charges.
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The case isn’t the only criminal case involving Bannon, 68, a media executive and right-wing political strategist who served as an adviser at the Trump White House and was ousted after being in touch with Trump.
Bannon was convicted in July of two counts of contempt for refusing to appear before a special House committee probing the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters. Authentication had to be blocked. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign victory.
Committee members sought testimony and documents from Bannon because he was believed to have been in contact with Trump during the weeks that led to the Capitol attack.
Bannon, who is due to be sentenced in October on that conviction, said after the verdict that he planned to file an appeal.