WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A food delivery worker from Pennsylvania is facing charges for impersonating the Trump family.
- According to federal prosecutors, the man set up crowdfunding drives that claimed to raise funds for field events but pocketed the money.
- The man ran the scam for more than a year.
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges for allegedly impersonating family members of former President Donald Trump to raise money, according to prosecutors.
22-year-old Joshua Hall, a food delivery driver from Mechanicsburg, reportedly amassed over 100,000 followers to fund a fraudulent political organization by impersonating
President Donald Trump’s family, including Trump’s 15-year-old son, Barron.
According to a five-page complaint filed at the US District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, Hall allegedly wrote as Barron in August: “Josh is an amazing patriot who is doing tremendous things for our great country. He has my COMPLETE AND TOTAL ENDORSEMENT!”
Hall allegedly ran the scam from September 2019 until December 2020, federal prosecutors said. The complaint said Hall raised “thousands of dollars” from Trump supporters all over the US.
In a statement, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said Hall deceived hundreds of people by making it seem that they were donating to a nonexistent organization by pretending to be someone he wasn’t.
“As we continue to investigate fraud in its many forms we urge the public to remain aware of the prevalence of online scams and exercise due diligence when making donations,” warned Sweeney.
Hall used the names of photos of the members of the Trump family to create several social media accounts, according to prosecutors.
The federal complaint is also accusing Hall of allegedly pocketing the money from a crowdfunding website he launched which claimed to raise funds for “field organizing, events, and merchandise.”
Hall is facing charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft and may be sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment if found guilty.
NBC News said Hall was a food delivery worker in Pennsylvania.
Source: New York Post