Published On: Fri, Apr 22nd, 2022

The Guys Behind That Border Wall GoFundMe Scam Just Pleaded Guilty To Fraud

A section of border wall, made of tall beams, under construction

The grifters behind a 2018 GoFundMe campaign promising to build a wall on the US/Mexico border have pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Andrew Badolato and Brian Kolfage (the latter of whom also pleaded guilty to tax and wire fraud charges) set up the obvious scam of a fundraiser with promises to circumvent all the political red tape they said was then “obstructing President Trump’s plan to build a wall on our southern border.” They reportedly brought in more than $ 25 million because xenophobia is a hell of a moneymaker. Rather than turn that money over to the government as promised, they transferred it to a non-profit called “We Build the Wall,” which boasted a whole slew of terrible people as active supporters, including Steve Bannon, Milwaukee’s Sheriff David A. Clarke, and failed Kansas gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

The Mary Sue

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