Steve Bannon, former President Donald Trump’s strategist, turned himself over to New York prosecutors in a new indictment stemming from the border wall fraud case, as reported by the New York Post.
Bannon arrived at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office at 1 Hogan Place, emerging from a black SUV escorted by police but unhand-cuffed.
Reportedly, Bannon’s arrest comes a year and a half after he received a presidential pardon from Trump on his last day in office, sparing the media executive federal charges related to the fraud case.
Allegedly Bannon and three other men swindled supporters who donated $25 million in funds to the “We Build the Wall” fundraising initiative along the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the charges, the quartet “misused” the money raised meant to fund the construction.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office launched its own investigation shortly after Bannon’s presidential pardon. Reportedly, the state case closely resembles the foregone federal case.
Bannon decried the state case, labeling it a politically motivated attack.
“This is nothing more than a partisan political weaponization of the criminal justice system,” Bannon said in a statement.
He is scheduled for sentencing in October and faces up to two years in federal prison.