Feds Indict Three “Trump-Era Scam PAC” Operators

Politico reports:

For the last five years or more, Matt Tunstall has used the name and likeness of Donald Trump and other politicians to ostensibly raise money for a network of political action committees. But he’s been accused of pocketing most of the money himself and on Wednesday, his so-called scam PAC operation finally caught up to him.

In an indictment unsealed on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged Tunstall and Robert Reyes with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to lie to the Federal Election Committee.

They allege that of the roughly $3.5 million raised by the PACs they ran during the 2016 election, “only approximately $19 were distributed to any candidate’s authorized campaign committee or to any political cause, while a total of more than $1.5 million was used to benefit” the PAC operators themselves.

Yahoo News reports:

“There’s nothing we can do to stop them,” Kelly Sadler, a spokesperson for Trump’s America First super PAC, told POLITICO in 2019 about scam PACs. “This is a problem for the campaign, as well as us, as well as for the RNC.”

And according to CNN’s KFILE, Tunstall has managed to built a lavish life in Los Angeles off of funds from the pro-Trump PACs, living under the pseudonym “Matte Nox” while driving a Porsche Panamera and showing off designer clothing on his social media accounts.

The New York Times reports:

On Wednesday, the Justice Department said that the two PACs linked to Mr. Tunstall had spent heavily to recruit small donors under false and misleading pretenses, including through robocalls that impersonated President Donald J. Trump.

The indictment, which also includes Robert Reyes Jr., 38, of Hollister, Calif., and Kyle George Davies, 29, of Austin, Texas, accused the operatives of defrauding donors through two entities, Liberty Action Group and the Progressive Priorities Political Action Committee.

If convicted on all counts, Mr. Tunstall and Mr. Reyes face a maximum of 125 years in prison, and Mr. Davies faces 65 years.

 

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