Former Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, James Biden, has just been hit with some serious fraud allegations. He has been accused of using his family ties to further his own business interests.
James’ businesses with various medical companies, including Americore Health, have resulted in allegations that he may have taken part in fraud and traded on his brother’s name by claiming that the 2020 presidential candidate was interested in the venture, according to Politico.
“It was all smoke and mirrors,” said former Americore Health executive Tom Pritchard.
James reportedly convinced the medical company that he could use his political connections to obtain a significant investment from the Middle East. He then convinced Americore to take on some major financial burdens, including a six-figure loan to him that he has not repaid.
James, Americore and Americore founder Grant White are now all being sued in Tennessee by medical companies that claim that they were lied to. Last month, the plaintiffs filed documents in court stating that they were willing to drop their claims against White, who provided exculpatory evidence that further implicated James and Americore.
Pritchard explained that Americore is currently in bankruptcy because of financial problems that James worsened while with the company.
James also introduced White to his brother, and the Biden campaign has confirmed that the Americore founder bought a ticket to a Beau Biden Foundation event in 2017. The campaign said in a statement that any meeting between White and the former vice president “would have been a handshake and nothing more.” They added that Biden never talked about Americore with his brother, and that he has never shown support for the company.
Though President Donald Trump has not yet specifically addressed these reports, he did tweet about Biden this morning, writing, “The Obama/Biden Administration is the most corrupt Administration in the history of our Country!”
The Obama/Biden Administration is the most corrupt Administration in the history of our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
James is not the only member of the Biden family who has found himself in hot water as of late. Biden’s son Hunter has been involved in numerous scandals, and Senate Republicans are still trying to investigate his business dealings with Ukraine. Last month, the Senate voted not to impeach President Donald Trump for asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to assist him in investigating Biden and Hunter’s business dealings in the nation.
Given the fact that Biden is currently in a tight race with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the Democratic presidential nomination, another scandal involving his family is the last thing he needs right now. It remains to be seen how this new scandal will affect his campaign going forward.