Federal authorities in Manhattan arrested two brothers from Arizona and charged them with raising $23 million from ordinary Americans through a series of fake political action committees — only to spend the money on themselves.
William Tierney, 46, and Robert Tierney, 40, were arrested Thursday morning in Gilbert, Ariz., and charged with running nine scam PACs — including the Republican Majority PAC, Life and Liberty PAC, Americans for Law enforcement PAC and Protect Our Future PAC — that allowed them to raise more than $23 million between 2014 and 2017, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint.
In that time, less than 1 percent of all donations to the allegedly bogus PACs, or just $109,000, went to political candidates, prosecutors said.
The rest of the money went to either furthering the alleged scheme or into the defendant’s pockets, according to the complaint.
The men focused “purposefully solicited and received almost entirely small-dollar donations, below the $200 threshold” to avoid disclosure requirements, according tot he complaint.
The brothers are scheduled to be presented before an Arizona federal court judge later Thursday.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, who brought the charges, will discuss the case in his first press conference since taking over the Manhattan office.