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California Con Man Set Up Bogus Websites for Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke to Defraud Donors: Prosecutors

John Pierre Dupont, 80, is accused of setting up at least three bogus political action committees

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    California Con Man Set Up Bogus Websites for Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke to Defraud Donors: Prosecutors
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    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington.

    A notorious California con man has been charged with defrauding donors out of more than $250,000 sent to sham political groups and websites for Beto O'Rourke, Bernie Sanders and other prominent Democrats, prosecutors said Tuesday.

    John Pierre Dupont, 80, is accused of setting up at least three bogus political action committees, or PACs, and several websites that purported to be raising money for roughly 10 individual Senate candidates, a candidate for governor and for progressive causes, NBC News reported, citing a criminal complaint.

    Instead of passing along the cash to the candidates or campaigns, Dupont used it to pay his rent, a parking ticket, and to cover the costs of a $25,300 Mercedes-Benz sedan, according to prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.