We Build the Wall fraud case ends in mistrial


AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

A federal judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the criminal case against a Colorado businessman accused of laundering money from a bogus charity that milked about $25 million from private donors who thought they were funding the construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The panel is “hopelessly deadlocked,” U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres announced this afternoon of the jury that has been deliberating since last Tuesday — more than twice as long as the three-day duration of the trial for 51-year-old Timothy Shea that bookended the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Shea, who owns a Trump-themed energy drink company called Winning Energy, stood trial alone, but he was charged in 2020 alongside three fellow co-founders of the group We Build the Wall: Trump political strategist Steve Bannon, Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage and venture capitalist Andrew Badolato…

Kolfage and Badolato pleaded guilty in April 2022. Bannon…would circumvent liability in the case when Trump pardoned him on his last day in office in January 2021.

RTFA. Catch up with the whole soap opera from Trumpworld. No surprises. It’s as crapworthy a tale as you would expect.

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