A trio of alleged fraudsters who used robocalls to fool unwitting donors into turning over cash under the pretense of a political cause have been indicted by a federal grand jury over their alleged involvement in a scam PAC scheme during the 2016 presidential election.
According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday, Matthew Nelson Tunstall, 34, Robert Reyes Jr., 38, and Kyle George Davies, 29, solicited contributions to the Liberty Action Group PAC and Progressive Priorities PAC based on the lie that they backed or were affiliated with then-presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The Daily Beast previously reported that Support American Leaders, another scam Trump PAC established in 2018 by Tunstall, bagged a taxpayer-backed loan through the Paycheck Protection Program intended to hoist small businesses out of the pandemic-fueled recession.
The three men are facing a conspiracy charge to commit wire fraud and to make a false statement to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and have been slapped with multiple counts of wire fraud. Tunstall and Reyes also face multiple counts of money laundering.
An FBI investigation revealed that between January 2016 and April 2017, the trio raked in roughly $3.5 million from donors through scripted robocalls that, according to the indictment, used “false and misleading representations” to scrape money from Trump and Clinton supporters and “enrich themselves directly.”
“Of the approximately $3.5 million raised by…