He could face up to 22 years in prison if convicted of the wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, according to sentencing guidelines provided in a Southern District of New York news release. It was not immediately clear Tuesday if Hall had retained an attorney.
“Joshua Hall allegedly impersonated family members of the then-President of the United States on social media to fraudulently induce hundreds of victims to donate to a political organization that did not exist, and then pocketed those funds for his own use,” Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement Tuesday.
“We thank the FBI for their partnership in the investigation of this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.”
Hall told 纽约时报 last year that there was
“no nefarious intention
” behind his posts and maintained that he was
“just trying to rally up MAGA supporters and have fun.
一种情况, 根据《泰晤士报》, a tweet from Hall posing as Trump’s sister Elizabeth Trump Grau earned a response from the former President.
“Thank you Elizabeth,” the former President wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet from Hall’s fake profile of Trump’s sister.
“I’m a big Trump supporter, but I’m thinking, ‘He’s got to know that that’s a parody,’ ” Hall told the Times. “How does he not know?”
CNN has reached out to representatives of the former President for comment.