Conservative activist Jacob Wohl charged with illegal sale of securities

Attorney and Republican operative Jack Burkman and internet activist Jacob
Jack Burkman, left, a lawyer and Republican operative, and Jacob Wohl, an internet activist and supporter of President Donald Trump, speak during a news conference on their allegations against Special Counsel Robert Mueller in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. Copyright Joshua Roberts Reuters file
By Doha Madani with NBC News Politics
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Wohl allegedly tried to sell unqualified securities to one of his financial companies, Montgomery Assets, in July and August of 2016.


Jacob Wohl, a conservative activist who once attempted to smear special counsel Robert Mueller with false sexual assault allegations, was charged in California for the illegal sale of securities.

Wohl allegedly tried to sell unqualified securities in July and August of 2016, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on August 19. The disgraced hedge fund manager turned pro-Trump conspiracy theorist was charged along with his former business partner, Matthew Johnson.

A judge issued warrants for both men on August 19, but Wohl has not yet been arrested, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Wohl did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The complaint, obtained by NBC News Wednesday, did not specify what company the securities were associated with.

Wohl came under intense scrutiny in October last year when he claimed an unaffiliated intelligence firm had proof that Mueller had sexually assaulted an unnamed woman. Thephone number for the intelligence firm was registered to Wohl's mother.

The intelligence firm's document attempting to prove the allegations was riddled with inaccuracies, and Wohl never produced the accuser.

He was in the spotlight again in February when Twitter suspended him for operating a ring of fake accounts.

Wohl operated @Women_4_Schultz, which posed as a supporter of former Starbucks CEO and presidential hopeful Howard Schultz. He also operated two other banned Twitter accounts, according to a source familiar with the accounts who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Wohl's "account was suspended for multiple violations of the Twitter rules, specifically creating and operating fake accounts," Twitter said NBC News in a statement at the time.

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