‘We Build the Wall’ organizers plead guilty to fraudulent conspiracy

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Two men who collected money from the public under the promise of using the funds to build a border wall have been arrested for fraud.

Brian Kolfage and Andrew Badolato both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud Thursday in Manhattan federal court, according to the New York Post. The duo admitted to lying to the donors, saying they intended all along to use the funds for personal gain. The couple took large salaries from donations and covered their tracks by lying on their tax forms.

“I knew what I was doing was wrong and a crime,” Kolfage said, according to the New York Post.

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UNITED STATES – APRIL 12: Piles of unused border fences lie in one of the Johnson Ranch border wall construction areas near Columbus, NM on Monday, April 12, 2021. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
(Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Kolfage, a Purple Heart recipient and triple amputee, lived a seemingly luxurious lifestyle after the campaign began. Prosecutors said he spent his fortune each month on cars, entertainment, restaurants, credit card debt, and more.

The pair have been lauded by members of the Trump family in the past. Donald Trump Jr. called the campaign “pretty incredible” in 2018, according to the Post. Eric Trump also appeared in photos with Kolfage and his wife.

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The Trump-era border wall remains unfinished after the Biden administration ended it.  (FoxNews)
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The Trump-era border wall remains unfinished after the Biden administration ended it. (FoxNews)

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was also indicted in the case but was pardoned by former President Donald Trump before leaving office.

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