The Los Angeles Times reports:
Jacob Wohl, a conservative provocateur who once lobbed bogus claims of sexual assault against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appeared in court in Riverside County late Wednesday after it was revealed that prosecutors had issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony financial crime, officials said.
Wohl, 21, of Corona, faces one count of violating the California Corporations Code by selling an unregistered security, according to court documents released by the Riverside County district attorney’s office. A warrant for Wohl’s arrest, first reported by the Daily Beast, was issued Aug. 19. Wohl made a brief court appearance Wednesday and is due back for an arraignment in October, said John Hall, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.
Wohl was released on his own recognizance and the arrest warrant was quashed, according to his father, David, a Riverside-based attorney who has appeared as a campaign surrogate for President Trump. David Wohl, who is representing his son, said neither he nor Jacob was aware of the allegation before the Daily Beast published its report.
The Washington Post reports:
Wohl’s new legal troubles date back to a series of firms he ran with a partner named Matthew Johnson. Riverside prosecutors began looking into the pair in June 2016 following the complaint from the Arizona man, who is identified only as “David” in court documents.
In July 2016, a senior investigator with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office contacted Wohl’s firm, Montgomery Assets, posing as a real estate agent representing an investor. Montgomery Assets purported to invest in “real estate, hedge funds,” and “private equity,” prosecutors said.
After chatting with Johnson and Wohl for about a month, the investigator and an undercover Riverside Police detective set up a deal to invest $100,000 in a fund that supposedly bought and flipped derelict houses for a profit. They were promised a 17 percent return in a year, according to court documents.
Today a judge recalled the arrest warrant in Jacob’s case and released him on his own recognizance.
We are very disturbed by the way this case has been handled by investigators.
We expect a complete and total exoneration.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) September 5, 2019
David (aka father of the decade): You and your punk son are about the reap all of the hatred and lies you have perpetrated against others over the last 3 years. This is just the beginning. And I and the rest of America are here for it. All of it.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 5, 2019
They always recall an arrest warrant when someone turns themselves in. It would be kinda pointless to keep a warrant out for someone who is in custody.
— Donald Grump (@MicroHandDonald) September 5, 2019