When it comes to being a con man and grifter, Donald Trump has absolutely no shame. He’ll steal from anyone for a buck. Remember Trump University? That’s a prime example of Trump’s depravity when it comes to turning a buck.
The latest scam allegedly committed by Trump is credit card fraud, and the target was his own supporters, according to the New York Times:
“Donors typically said they intended to give once or twice and only later discovered on their bank statements and credit card bills that they were donating over and over again.”
Imagine it: You send a one-time donation and then your credit card is repeatedly billed for that same amount every month.
The Trump campaign’s nickname for the unscrupulous practice was the “money bomb,” and it drew the attention of banks such as Wells Fargo, with one fraud investigator for the financial giant remarking:
The end result was busted spending limits on credit cards and overdraft fees that contributors had to pay their bank simply because the Trump camp had made sure the payments recurred.
Could Trump and members of his 2020 campaign be facing fraud charges? Former White House prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks thinks so, noting during an appearance on MSNBC:
“He is facing so many civil and criminal charges right now that he’s going crazy trying to defend himself. He needs a full-time law firm, not a full-time lawyer, but he needs a full-time firm to handle all of the cases from the varying — from Georgia, from the Manhattan D.A., from the New York attorney general, from the District of Columbia, from the policemen who have sued. The New York courts ruled the defamation case can proceed, which means, by the way, that there will be under oath depositions, the president is going to have to testify, the former president, he has absolutely no way to evade any longer.”
Credit card fraud carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Given that Trump is also facing decades behind bars on charges such as bank and tax fraud, that may not seem like a lot of time. But when you’re pushing 75, that could wind up being a life sentence for the failed, one-term former president.
Here’s Jill Wine-Banks on MSNBC: