Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has hired big-gun Colorado criminal defense attorney Harvey Steinberg of Denver to defend her in her criminal case(s).
Steinberg is the lawyer the Denver Broncos and other high-profile sports figures keep on speed dial for whenever they get busted for rape, road rage, domestic violence, DUIs, driving with a suspended license and such.
Steinberg is also the guy who defended Steve Bannon’s accomplice Brian Kolfage in the “We Build the Wall” fundraising scam.
“We Build The Wall” was a private fundraising campaign in which Bannon and accomplices, including Kolfage, defrauded hundreds of thousands of MAGA-heads out of over $25 million through an online crowdfunding campaign. Bannon and Kolfage pitched the campaign to unsuspecting Trump supporters as a private effort to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Bannon and Kolfage promised Trumpers they would “not take a penny in salary or compensation” for their efforts, and that “100% of the funds raised …[would] be used in the execution of our mission and purpose.”
In reality, Bannon, Kolfage and other co-conspirators diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by the campaign to pay their personal expenses and credit card debt and buy expensive luxury items like jewelry, home renovations, high-end SUVs, golf carts and plastic surgery.
Bannon was arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service while he was off the coast of Connecticut, lounging on a 150-foot long super-yacht owned by a Chinese billionaire.
Trump pardoned Bannon, so he was never held accountable for the scam and got off scot free.
Kolfage, a triple amputee Air Force veteran and the one who started the We Build The Wall campaign, was left to twist and hired Harvey Steinberg to defend him.
How did that turn out?
It turns out even the great Harvey Steinberg can’t win them all.
On April 21, 2022, in a plea agreement, Kolfage pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Kolfage also pled guilty to tax and wire fraud charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. As part of his plea agreement, Kolfage agreed to serve a sentence of 51 to 63 months in prison, and pay a fine of $20,000 to $200,000 on top of forfeiting another $17.8 million.
As of April, 2020, Steinberg charged $500/hour.