Hall told The New York Times last year that there was “no nefarious intention” behind his posts and maintained that he was “just trying to rally up MAGA supporters and have fun.” “We thank the FBI for their partnership in the investigation of this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.” In one instance, according to the Times, a tweet from Hall posing as Trump’s sister Elizabeth Trump Grau earned a response from the former President.
He could face up to 22 years in prison if convicted of the wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, according to sentencing guidelines provided in a Southern District of New York news release. It was not immediately clear Tuesday if Hall had retained an attorney. The alleged fake fundraising efforts included a campaign on a crowdfunding website that eventually closed his account when Hall failed to provide documentation, according to the complaint. Neither Donald Trump, his family members, nor the crowdfunding website that Hall allegedly used are mentioned by name in the court documents.
“Joshua Hall allegedly impersonated family members of the then-President of the United States on social media to fraudulently induce hundreds of victims to donate to a political organization that did not exist, and then pocketed those funds for his own use,” Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement Tuesday. Hall created social media accounts and wrote messages impersonating Trump’s now-deceased brother Robert Trump, falsely writing that Robert Trump ran the organization with Hall. He also allegedly impersonated Barron Trump, the former President’s 15-year-old son, on social media.
CNN’s Gabby Orr contributed to this report. Source www.cnn.com CNN has reached out to representatives of the former President for comment.
“I’m a big Trump supporter, but I’m thinking, ‘He’s got to know that that’s a parody,’ ” Hall told the Times. “How does he not know?” “Thank you Elizabeth,” the former President wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet from Hall’s fake profile of Trump’s sister.
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