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Bannon ally handed four-year prison term over Trump border-wall fraud

Bannon ally handed four-year prison term over Trump border-wall fraud


Bannon ally handed four-year prison term over Trump border-wall fraud

Brian Kolfage, a US air force veteran and former associate of the Trump ally and adviser Steve Bannon, was sentenced on Wednesday to more than four years in prison after admitting to conspiring to defraud donors to a campaign to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, as promised by the former president.

Kolfage, 41, lost his legs and right hand in a rocket attack in Iraq. In the federal case, he pleaded guilty last year to misappropriating funds meant for the We Build the Wall campaign.

On Wednesday a US district judge, Analisa Torres, announced the 51-month sentence at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan.

Andrew Badolato, 58, another former Bannon associate, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan had recommended Kolfage spend 51 months in prison and Badolato 41.

Kolfage was accused of taking more than $350,000 and spending it on boat payments, jewelry and cosmetic surgery. He also pleaded guilty to tax charges.

Another defendant, 52-year-old Timothy Shea, was convicted in October. He is set to be sentenced in June.

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