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Man arrested for allegedly impersonating Trump's family in fundraising scheme

June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A man from central Pennsylvania was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating former President Donald Trump's family members on social media to raise money for a fake political organization he used to defraud donors and pocket the money for himself, according to prosecutors.

(CNN)A man from central Pennsylvania was arrested Tuesday for allegedly impersonating former President Donald Trump's family members on social media to raise money for a fake political organization he used to defraud donors and pocket the money for himself, according to prosecutors.

Joshua Hall, 22, allegedly pocketed thousands of dollars from hundreds of victims across the country by advertising his fake political organization that claimed to support Trump's reelection and operating fake social media accounts purportedly belonging to Trump's family members to give himself and the organization a platform, a criminal complaint from federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York states.

"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.

"Thank you Elizabeth," the former President wrote on Twitter in response to a tweet from Hall's fake profile of Trump's sister.

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