Ex-Cop Riot Suspect Charged With Felony Charity Fraud

NBC News reports:

A former California police chief charged with joining anti-government extremists in rioting at the U.S. Capitol told the IRS last year that he formed a charity called the American Phoenix Project to defend “human and civil rights” and educate the public about vaccines.

Instead, Alan Hostetter used his tax-exempt nonprofit as a platform to oppose Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, protest that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump and advocate for violence against political opponents, according to an eight-count indictment secured by the U.S. Justice Department.

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