Conservative activist charged in California
Jacob Wohl – the deceptive, pro-Trump internet hoaxer who was banned from Twitter in February after receiving national attention – has been charged with illegal sale of securities.
Riverside, California, Superior Court records show the felony charge was issued on Aug. 19. The charge stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in July 2016, the records say.
On Wednesday, an arraignment for Wohl was scheduled for Oct. 24, according to The Daily Beast and online court records.
Wohl told NBC News that a warrant for his arrest had been recalled, and Wohl appeared in court Wednesday, the network reports, citing the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He was released on his own recognizance.
Also charged: His former business partner, Matthew Johnson, NBC News reports.
Wohl is a former teenage hedge fund trader who left the financial industry following allegations of fraud, although he has maintained that there was “nothing even remotely illegal” about his financial enterprise.
He was central to a scheme to disgrace then-special counsel Robert Mueller in the days before the 2018 midterm elections.
Wohl told USA TODAY that in his convoluted attempt to use allegations of sexual misconduct to discredit Mueller, who was then a nemesis of President Donald Trump, he created a false identity and used it to email reporters at several news outlets.
A woman Wohl identified to reporters as an alleged victim of Mueller told USA TODAY that Wohl had deceived her with a false identity, made up the allegations of her sexual assault, and attempted to coerce her to appear at a press conference. “He completely lied to me,” Carolyne Cass said.
Wohl also made national headlines in April for his role in a scheme that aimed to smear Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Wohl did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY request for comment through his website on Wednesday.
Contributing: Gus Garcia-Roberts