(CNN) — Two people who sold Ashley Biden’s diary and other items to Project Veritas pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday.
Aimee Harris and Robert Kurlander pleaded guilty to stealing Biden’s belongings and selling them to the conservative media group for $40,000, according to court documents.
In September 2020, Harris moved into a house in Delray Beach, Florida, where now-President Joe Biden’s daughter had recently lived and temporarily stored some personal belongings. Harris enlisted Kurlander’s help in selling Biden’s valuables to the highest bidder, according to criminal information.
The couple attended a Donald Trump fundraiser on September 6, 2020, hoping to host a sale for the then president’s campaign.
According to documents filed Thursday, Kurlander sent Harris a text message after the event saying, “The campaign [de Trump] can’t use it. They want me to go to the FBI. THERE IS NO WAY [Trump] wear this. It has to be done differently…”
Days later, photos of some of Biden’s belongings were sent to Project Veritas. The organization paid for airfare, a hotel and a car service for the couple to transport the property from Florida to New York City, according to court documents.
Kurlander acknowledged the crime in a text message to Harris, saying Project Veritas is in “rogue business,” court documents show.
“They’re in a shady business and here they are taking what is literally a stolen diary and information. And trying to make a story that will ruin someone’s life.” [Ashley Biden] and will try to affect the election. [Ashley Biden] she can easily be thinking all her stuff is there and not worried about it…we have to tread more carefully and those things need to be checked by us and if there is anything worthwhile it needs to be turned in and it SHOULD be out of that home,” the text message read.
Harris removed more of Biden’s belongings from the home after their meeting in New York at the request of Project Veritas, according to court documents. A Project Veritas employee then flew to Florida to obtain the additional items and shipped them back to New York, court documents say.
No one from Project Veritas has been publicly charged in connection with the alleged scheme.
Harris and Kurlander pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines, but a judge will ultimately decide their sentence. They are not in custody, awaiting their sentencing later this year.
Harris “accepted responsibility for what happened and is eager to move on with her life,” her attorney, Sanford Talkin, told CNN.
CNN reached out to an attorney for Kurlander, but did not immediately hear back.
In a statement issued Thursday about the guilty pleas, Project Veritas said its employees’ newsgathering was “ethical and legal,” adding: “A journalist’s lawful receipt of material later alleged to have been Stolen is routine, commonplace, and protected by the First Amendment.”