More charges for vet who set up GoFundMe for border wall

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In this 2012 photo, Iraq War veteran Brian Kolfage sits with his wife Ashley Kolfage at their then Tucson, Ariz., home. Kolfage, who federal authorities say is now a Florida resident, is a triple-amputee who lost his limbs serving in Iraq in the U.S. Air Force. He started a GoFundMe page to help fund construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. (The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan via AP) (Pat Shannahan/AP)

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Brian Kolfage, of Miramar Beach, Florida, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for an additional crime related to the filing of his 2019 income taxes. Kolfage, who faces a separate federal indictment out of the Southern District of New York for fraud and money laundering related offenses, now faces two distinct counts of filing a false tax return and one count of wire fraud related to the electronic filing of his tax return in Northern Florida.

The original indictment alleged that between January 2019 and July 2020, Kolfage engaged in a scheme to defraud the government in relation to his 2019 federal income tax returns. The charges alleged that Kolfage received hundreds of thousands of dollars from multiple organizations during 2019, including “We Build the Wall, Inc.,” which were deposited into his personal bank account.

Kolfage, a veteran, is alleged to have failed to report this income to the Internal Revenue Service.

The recently filed superseding indictment in the Northern District of Florida alleges a new count of Kolfage filing a false amended tax return in December 2020, a few months after the Southern District of New York indictment became public.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment.

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