Prosecutors say John Dupont created this fake fundraising page for Beto O’rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign.
A California man to the ticket-fundraising-websites for prominent democratic candidates and causes, scamming donors of more than $250,000, Federal prosecutors in New York alleged Tuesday.
John Pierre Dupont, 80, is accused by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern district of New York to create at least three fake political action committees, or “Scam PACs,” and a minimum of 15 pages, allegedly of money for various Democratic candidates. Prosecutors say 10 of these sites were presented, as the support of the Democratic Senate candidates Beto O’rourke, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Bill Nelson, Heidi Heitkamp, and Kyrsten Sinema claims in the past year, the midterm elections, which included the candidate, Else, money for Florida gubernative candidate Andrew Gillum, while still a was created in 2015 and support Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, officials said.
According to an affidavit Tuesday, Dupont — filed he also went by the name of John Gary Rinaldo, before you change it in 2012 — registered four separate domain name for fundraising websites that Biden’s alleged support of Joe the potential 2020 presidential candidacy, while a fifth Bredesen Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, and a sixth secured support for a possible candidacy of former Tennessee Gov. Phil. The affidavit noted that these sites “have not yet obtained, and processed donations.”
Another website set up by the company Dupont, the donations allegedly solicited for 10 democratic U.S. Senate candidates.
A further site, ImmigrantChildrenReunited.org that claimed, the money to reunite undocumented immigrant children with their parents, from whom they would have been separated on the US-Mexican border.
“Our volunteers are lawyers, doctors, nurses, and social workers are working day and night to liberate these children,” read a message on the now-defunct website, which claims that the donations will be used to unite the figures of the volunteers ” costs, and “transportation to families with a migration background.”
In fact, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement, the PAC in connection with the immigrant children Reunited website “had to pay no volunteers and dedicated no money for doctors, social workers or other professionals, advocacy or political processes.”
“Thousands of donors believed their hard-earned money was used to support the causes described in the tenders, but in reality is the Scam PACs had said no operations outside of the fundraising itself, and no funds were used to support the candidate,” U.S. attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “My office will continue to ensure that fraudsters pay of fundraising – in fact, the criminal prosecution is pursued through the elimination of fraud, PACs, wherever we find them.”
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Prosecutors say Dupont has collected more than 1,000 donations to the various fake PACs and campaign websites, to pay the with the money to report his rent, Parking tickets and car insurance during failure, the donations to the Federal Election Commission. In February 2016, Dupont allegedly $25,300, he gained from the fake-to buy Bernie Sanders fundraising website, a Mercedes-Benz sedan.
Dupont was arrested Tuesday and charged with wire fraud and serious identity theft. He was convicted faces up to 22 years in prison.
He was due to appear in Federal court in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon.