Brian Kolfage with Steve Bannon on crowdfunding tax fraud charges

The man who raised $25 million to install Trump's border wall has been charged with tax evasion.

Brian Kolfage, who cofounded with Steve Bannon a failed crowdfunding campaign to create a wall along the US-Mexico border, is facing a new tax case following his indictment on federal fraud charges last year.

According to newly unsealed court records, Kolfage was indicted by a federal grand jury in Florida on charges of bribery and filing false tax returns.

Kolfage's tax returns for 2019 indicated a $63,574 gain, according to charging documents reviewed by Insider. Indeed, according to the charges, Kolfage earned hundreds of thousands of dollars that year through his "We Build a Wall" initiative and other organizations.

Bloomberg News was the first to announce the allegations.

Federal prosecutors in New York filed an indictment against Kolfage and Bannon in August, accusing them of embezzling some of the $25 million raised for the "We Build a Wall" organization. Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea, two additional right-wing political operatives, were also charged in the scheme.

Kolfage was charged with misusing $350,000 in donor funds to finance a luxurious lifestyle that included home repairs, a yacht, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, jewelry, cosmetic surgery, and credit card debt.

Brian Kolfage in 2014
Brian Kolfage in 2014

Kolfage initiated the "We Create a Wall" fundraiser in December 2018, during a government shutdown, in an unsuccessful effort to raise $1 billion privately to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Trump had previously distanced himself from the endeavor.

On his last day in office, Trump pardoned Bannon, his former campaign chairman and chief White House strategist. He did not grant reprieves to Kolfage, Badolato, or Shea.

Additional charges in the Florida case describing Kolfage's financial dealings were not immediately available in public court records. Kolfage, according to the indictment, kept his money at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, which normally serves members of the United States Military. Kolfage is an Air Force veteran who was wounded in the Iraq War and lost both arms and a leg.

Kolfage's attorney did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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