Man sentenced for running fake Biden, Trump PACs

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A Las Vegas fraudster was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison after allegedly running a scam through fake PACs for Joe Biden and Donald Trump during the 2020 election.

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James Kyle Bell, 44, reportedly raised at least $346,000 for the pro-Trump “Keep America Great” PAC and the pro-Biden-pro “Best Days Let Ahead” PAC — both groups he held with the Federal Election Commission. Registered, according to the Department of Justice.

Officials said the scam artist allegedly took in more than $1.1 million in fraudulent COVID-19 relief loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

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“This prosecution is the first in the District of Columbia to involve the creation of scandal political action committees,” said Matthew Graves, US Attorney for the District of Columbia.

“This is also another in a series of lawsuits targeting fraud committed against COVID relief efforts. The message is clear: Together with our law enforcement partners, we will protect the public from fraudsters who seek to loose their pockets by taking advantage of the political process and government programs.

According to the Justice Department, James Kyle Bell registered both groups with the Federal Election Commission.
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Officials said more than 2,000 people thought they were making political donations when they donated to the PAC and that their contributions would be “5x matching”. He said Bell had sent more than 4,000 fundraising requests as part of the scam.

Officials said that in four separate loan applications under the PPP program, Bell allegedly falsely claimed he had dozens of company employees with no employees and in some cases no operating licenses. According to the release, he made a fifth application, but withdrew it before paying any money.

After pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud in May, federal agents confiscated $519,000 of the money obtained through his scams. According to the DOJ, he will now have to pay restitution and funding judgments for a total payment of about $1.4 million.

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