Associated prosecutors have accused an 80-year-old California man named John Pierre Dupont with billing donors of over $ 250,000 by mistaking false websites and political action committees (PACs) claimed to raise money for Texas politician Beto O & # 39; Rourke, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Tallahassee, Florida mayor Andrew Gillum and other progressive reasons, NBC News Tuesday reported.
Authorities say Dupont claims he is getting money for "About 10 Individual Senate Candidates", Gillum's 2018 Governor of Florida Governance, causing inter alia immigrant assistance, NBC wrote. To do so, they claimed that he set up at least three fake PACs and about 15 websites, including Beto4Senate.org, Sanders2016Campaign.org, GillumForFloridaGovernor.org and ImmigrantChildrenUnited.org.
In a press release, the prosecutors claimed that the bluff ran from 2015 to their arrest in March 2019, during which "none of the money taken went either to the campaigns or to support the candidates at all." They also say that Dupont never reported the donations to the federal electoral commission by law using funds to pay for personnel costs, including rents, parking and tickets, and a Mercedes-Benz sedan of $ 25,300.
A criminal complaint on the Justice Department's website says that the bluff tricked over 1,000 donors. That document also states that Dupont invites potential donors to visit the "Sanders" site to send checks or cash, instead of paying by credit card, due to "BIG BANKS":
Sander's website stated that: "EVERYONE TIME WE PROCESS YOUR CREDIT CARD DONATION, THE BIG BANKS TAKE UP 40% OF THE DONATIONS TO PROCESS YOUR CREDIT CARD DONATION … That's why we give you the opportunity … to make your donations in check or check by sending your donation "to a certain address.
Sanders was the starring of the alleged bluff, which amounted to about $ 140,000 of the illegal profits.
In the criminal complaint Southern District of New York Special Agent Jeremy Rosenman wrote that all websites were registered by the same hosting account, which was linked to the defendant's real name. On one side, the word "democrat" was misspelled, while at six, "the same long quote" was attributed to "relevant respective candidates," he added.
According to Star-Telegram, "Many of the sites still seem to be online, all with the same template and a big button to" DONATE "to the candidate or cause." In addition, the paper, web hosting account associated with these websites, registered others who suggest that Dupont planned to collect to 2020 hopefuls including former Vice President Joe Biden and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
NBC News described the defendant as "once rich financier", formerly called John Gary Rinaldo, and who seems to have quite the reassurance. His rap sheet contains a guilty note from 1985 in a post-fraud anti-fraud system that "driven investment losses in tens of millions of dollars", a loan fraud belief in 1991, a flight from 1992 from a "federal prison in northern Oregon" was transferred to after testing in a "Mafia -related "double-murder attempts, and two years in prison after his resumption in 1997, per NBC.
According to the press release DOJ, Dupont has been burdened with wire fraud as well as complicated identity theft, which can land him sentences of up to 20 and two years if they were sentenced.
[NBC News/Star Telegram]