GoFundMe cooperating with DOJ on border wall fundraising probe, offered to refund donor money
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Crowdfunding website GoFundMe told FOX Business it has been cooperating with law enforcement throughout an investigation that led to the indictment of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for his participation in a fundraising campaign called "We Build the Wall."
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According to the indictment, Bannon and co-defendant Brian Kolfage told the public that they were a "volunteer organization" and that 100% of the money raised in the GoFundMe campaign would go toward their stated goal, which was to raise money for the federal government to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Instead, Department of Justice prosecutors allege that Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea profited from the campaign, which started in December 2018 and raised more than $25 million.
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"GoFundMe has a zero-tolerance policy for fraudulent behavior," a GoFundMe spokesperson told FOX Business on Thursday.
GoFundMe later suspended the campaign over concerns about how the money would be used, according to the DOJ. The four then created a nonprofit and sought to convince GoFundMe to release the money they had raised to that nonprofit by making assurances to the crowdfunding site about internal policies to prevent funds from being misappropriated, prosecutors said.