DC: Authorities arrested a California man Tuesday for allegedly setting up phony PACs and websites to raise money for Democrats.
Prosecutors charged John Pierre Dupont, 80, with wire fraud and identity theft, NBC News reported. He allegedly used $250,000 raised to pay personal expenses, including the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz.
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York allege Dupont established three fraudulent political action committees and at least a dozen websites to raise money for various campaigns, including for Democratic 2020 contenders Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke. Dupont also set up a website claiming to raise money “to unite immigrant families,” a complaint alleges.
“Thousands of donors believed their hard-earned money was being used to support the causes described in solicitations, but in reality, the scam PACs had no operations beyond the fundraising itself, and no funds were used to support candidates,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement. more here