Federal prosecutors told a judge that a guilty plea dealing with Steve Bannon’s longtime partner Andrew Badolato may be imminent in the case of We Build the Wall, a crowdfunding effort for a roadblock on the US-Mexico border that has resulted in the indictment of four people linked to the charity.
“The government and defendant Andrew Badolato are in the final stages of discussions about a pre-trial settlement of the case and it is not expected that a trial of the charges against Mr Badolato will be necessary, “Assistant Attorney of the United States of America” Nicolas Roos wrote in a one-page letter on Monday.
In August 2020, federal prosecutors charge Founder of We Build the Wall Brian KolfageBannon, Badolato, and Timothy Shea with a conspiracy to defraud the charity’s sponsors and a money-laundering scheme. Prosecutors claimed that We Build the Wall promised that every penny raised would be used to build, but they say Bannon pocketed $1 million. Kolfage take it According to the indictment, $350,000 plus heavy spending to buy a Jupiter Marine yacht named Warfighter, a Range Rover SUV, a golf cart, jewelry and plastic surgery.
Former President Donald Trump pardon only Bannon, his former chief strategist, on those allegations during the twilight of his presidency.
If Badolato reaches an agreement, only two of the original four defendants will face trial: Kolfage and Shea.
“Accordingly, the parties jointly propose that the Court request only one day of hearing in this case, for defendants Brian Kolfage and Timothy Shea,” the letter read. “However, if Mr. Badolato has not yet settled the charges against him by March 10, 2022, attorneys for Mr. Shea intends to submit a letter and exhibits to the Court protesting Mr. Shea’s arrest. on trial with Mr. Kolfage.”
“Separately, the Government, Mr. Kolfage and Mr. Shea are in ongoing discussions about potential legal and evidentiary issues that may arise at trial,” it continued.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Bannon and Badolato’s relationship lasted about 20 years, including a failed stock joint venture and conservative documentary production. Their relationship continued even during Bannon’s time at the White House, the newspaper reported.
Badolato’s lawyer Daniel Lawrence Stein, from Mayer Brown LLP, did not immediately respond to Law & Crime’s request for comment. So is Bannon’s lawyer Robert Costello.
Kolfage’s lawyer Cesar De Castro declined to comment.
In addition to being indicted in the Southern District of New York, Kolfage is also awaiting trial on tax charges in a federal court in Florida. Prosecutors there claimed that Kolfage failed to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars he received from various organizations in 2019.
Prosecutors said one of those entities was We Build the Wall.
Also likely to be heavily delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, that trial is now expected to begin in March.
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