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The man accused of faking an anti-Trump political attack on his home for insurance money used online donations to buy a new truck

One of the two GoFundMe pages that are still live for donations to a man accused of faking a political attack on his home for insurance money.

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  • Prosecutors accused a Minnesota man of faking a political attack on his home for insurance money. 
  • The man is listed as the beneficiary of two GoFundMe online fundraising campaigns still live on the site. 
  • The fundraisers have raised more than $22,000 since they were set up over a year ago.

Online fundraisers have raised more than $22,000 for a Minnesota man who said his house was set on fire by arsonists over his support of Donald Trump — a claim parroted by numerous conservative outlets and dismissed by prosecutors this week who accused the man of faking the attack as part of an insurance scam.

Dennis Molla had claimed that his property was vandalized by anti-Trump arsonists, but prosecutors allege he did the damage himself in an attempt to secure a $300,000 insurance payout and thousands more in donations. 

In Molla’s indictment, prosecutors said: “In reality, as Molla well knew, Molla started his own property on fire, Molla spray painted the graffiti on his own property, and there were no unknown males near his home.” 

Two GoFundMe campaigns matching the description of the vandalism and arson are still live on the site — one with nearly $18,000 in donations and the other with $4,400. Molla is listed as the beneficiary of both campaigns. 

GoFundMe didn’t immediately provide a comment to Insider. 

Most of the donations are from over a year ago, when Molla first made his claims. 

In an update from the family posted to one of the fundraisers, Molla’s family said they were able to use some of the donations to buy a new truck. 

“Thanks to you, last week we were finally able to buy a new work truck, which had lifted a huge burden off our shoulders,” the family wrote. 

In another update, the family said they saw support from “both sides of the political spectrum,” with donations pouring in from hundreds of users. 

One person gave $10, writing, “I don’t have much as a Disabled Senior Citizen but the day we cant have Free Speech & Vote for who we want is the day America dies!”

Another donated $50, saying, “I am a proud Trump supporter and I will do anything to help my fellow patriots.”

Molla was charged with wire fraud charges for his insurance claims and the fundraisers in his name.

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