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The upscale lifestyle of the Iraqi vet and his TikTok star wife who ‘stole’ from We Build The Wall

The Iraq veteran who, along with Steve Bannon and two others, was accused of stealing money from the We Build The Wall GoFundMe account, spent $ 350,000 on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt, claim the prosecutors.

Prosecutors allege that Brian Kolfage, a three-time amputee and celebrated war veteran, was the scheme’s main beneficiary.

In 2018, Kolfage set up the GoFundMe account in support of President Trump and to prove the country’s hunger for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

It was inundated with donations from Republicans and had raised more than $ 20 million by December of that year. GoFundMe became suspicious of where the money was going and warned Kolfage to donate it to a legitimate charity or to pay back anyone who donated it.

That’s when, prosecutors say, Bannon, Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato got involved. They used shell companies and a non-profit company set up by Bannon to wash the money back to Kolfage and keep some for themselves, it is claimed.

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Brian Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, were the main beneficiaries of the scheme, according to prosecutors. The couple live in Miramar Beach on the Florida panhandle. They are depicted on their boat

Brian Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, were the main beneficiaries of the scheme, according to prosecutors. The couple live in Miramar Beach on the Florida panhandle. They are depicted on their boat

Kolfage launched the private wall effort in December 2018. He recently took it from GoFundMe because, he claimed, the company would not allow him to raise money for victims of attacks by BLM protesters.

Kolfage launched the private wall effort in December 2018. He recently took it from GoFundMe because, he claimed, the company would not allow him to raise money for victims of attacks by BLM protesters.

Kolfage launched the private wall effort in December 2018. He recently took it from GoFundMe because, he claimed, the company would not allow him to raise money for victims of attacks by BLM protesters.

The fund would pay the shell companies and then return the money to accounts owned by Kolfage or his wife, marking the transactions as “media,” “consulting,” or “social media,” it is said.

Despite claiming on GoFundMe that he would ‘never take a penny’ of the donations, the indictment alleges that Kolfage would have received a salary of $ 20,000 a month in addition to a one-time payment of $ 100,000. In total, he took $ 350,000, it is claimed.

Bannon reportedly took $ 1 million of it – some of which he used to pay for Kolfage, but some he is said to have kept and spent on hotels, travel and credit card debt.

While Bannon is the most recognizable name in the indictment, Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, spent the money the most enthusiastically.

The couple lives with their two children in a $ 290,000 home in Miramar, near Florida.

Ashley is active on Instagram and TikTok, showing off their weekends on boats and riding the golf cart that prosecutors claim were paid with the stolen donation money.

Kolfage with former President George Bush. He lost an arm and both legs in Iraq in 2004

Kolfage with former President George Bush. He lost an arm and both legs in Iraq in 2004

Kolfage with former President George Bush. He lost an arm and both legs in Iraq in 2004

After returning from the war, Kolfage married Ashley - a former Chilli's waitress. They lived quietly until Trump's political victory, when they became rowdy supporters. The pair are shown with Donald Trump Jr.

After returning from the war, Kolfage married Ashley - a former Chilli's waitress. They lived quietly until Trump's political victory, when they became rowdy supporters. The pair are shown with Donald Trump Jr.

After returning from the war, Kolfage married Ashley – a former Chilli’s waitress. They lived quietly until Trump’s political victory, when they became rowdy supporters. The pair are shown with Donald Trump Jr.

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and often posts from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and often posts from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and often posts from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and often posts from the couple's home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Ashley describes herself as a model and influencer. She has more than 300,000 TikTok followers and often posts from the couple’s home in Miramar Beach, Florida

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money was this golf cart that Ashley washes up in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money was this golf cart that Ashley washes up in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money was this golf cart that Ashley washes up in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money was this golf cart that Ashley washes up in a TikTok video

One of the things prosecutors claim the couple spent the stolen money was this golf cart that Ashley washes up in a TikTok video

Ashley poses next to the couple's white Range Rover. An SUV is cited in the charges as one of the things the couple allegedly bought with stolen money

Ashley poses next to the couple's white Range Rover. An SUV is cited in the charges as one of the things the couple allegedly bought with stolen money

Ashley poses next to the couple’s white Range Rover. An SUV is cited in the charges as one of the things the couple allegedly bought with stolen money

She sometimes shares photos of Brian on her behalf. Right, she dances for him on their dinner table

She sometimes shares photos of Brian on her behalf. Right, she dances for him on their dinner table

She sometimes shares photos of Brian on her behalf. Right, she dances for him on their dinner table

She sometimes shares photos of Brian on her behalf. Right, she dances for him on their dinner table

She sometimes shares photos of Brian on her behalf. Right, she dances for him on their dinner table

THE SCHEME

In 2018, Kolfage set up the GoFundMe account in support of President Trump and to prove the country’s hunger for a border wall between the US and Mexico.

It was inundated with donations from Republicans and had raised more than $ 20 million by December of that year. GoFundMe became suspicious of where the money was going and warned Kolfage to donate it to a legitimate charity or to pay back anyone who donated it.

That’s when, prosecutors say, Bannon, Timothy Shea and Andrew Badolato got involved. They used shell companies and We Build The Wall Inc, a non-profit founded by Bannon to wash the money back to Kolfage and keep some for themselves, it is claimed.

The fund would pay the shell companies and then return the money to accounts owned by Kolfage or his wife, marking the transactions as “media,” “consulting,” or “social media,” it is said.

Despite claiming on GoFundMe that he would ‘never take a penny’ of the donations, the indictment alleges that Kolfage would have received a salary of $ 20,000 a month in addition to a one-time payment of $ 100,000. In total, he took $ 350,000, it is claimed.

Bannon reportedly took $ 1 million of it – some of which he used to pay for Kolfage, but some he is said to have kept and spent on hotels, travel and credit card debt.

They are flown privately across the country by charities and spend most of the time on the beach.

It’s a luxurious lifestyle that they only achieved after a devastating attack in 2004 that claimed both his legs and his arm.

Kolfage was stationed at Balad Air Base in Iraq when his limbs were crushed by a 107-mm mortar shell on September 11, 2004.

He was flown to Germany and then back to Washington where he underwent extensive operations.

Once he got prosthetics, he moved to Arizona, where he reconnected with Ashley – then a waitress at Chilli’s – after meeting her years earlier.

The couple married in 2011 and welcomed two children years later.

He lived quietly as a war hero until Trump entered the political world. Then he became an activist.

In December 2018, he launched the GoFundMe, saying that he had become ill at the time from ‘too many illegal immigrants’. . . take advantage of the taxpayers of the United States and the “political games of both parties.”

It took off on an unprecedented scale, raising $ 20 million.

It brought Kolfage into the sphere of media and politics. He tweets regularly in support of the president and against the liberal left, demolishes COVID-19 as the “ greatest scam the world has ever seen ” and fires back at anyone questioning the progress of his wall.

The wall his fund paid for is not the same that the government is building and the president has distanced himself from Kolfage’s efforts.

It didn’t stop him from continuing, even though people wondered where the money was going in May, when apparently little progress had been made.

Kolfage came under fire for purchasing a $ 600,000 boat that he bought before ever launching the fundraising account.

It is unclear whether it is the same prosecutors referred to in their charges to which he made payments.

When not enjoying that boat, the couple visits the wall with their children, often in private.

They are also flown around by Carrington, a charity that builds homes for veterans.

On TikTok, Ashley regularly posts from their bikini home, for her more than 300,000 followers.

In recent videos she can be seen dancing on a table in front of her husband while he is sitting still.

He rarely appears in the videos.

She did not immediately answer DailyMail.com’s questions on Thursday morning.

The pair often take their boat to Trump's flotillas. Above an image that Brian recently shared on social media

The pair often take their boat to Trump's flotillas. Above an image that Brian recently shared on social media

The pair often take their boat to Trump’s flotillas. Above an image that Brian recently shared on social media

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