A Louisiana man stole President Donald Trump’s social security number hoping to access his federal tax information. Here’s the story…
From The Hill:
A Louisiana man pleaded guilty on Monday to using President Trump’s Social Security number in a failed attempt to access his federal tax information during the 2016 presidential race.
Jordan Hamlett, 32, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, The Associated Press reported.
Prosecutors said Hamlett, who works as a private investigator, was acting a “white hat” hacker who sought to access Trump’s tax returns through an Education Department financial aid website.
More from AP News:
A court document accompanying Hamlett’s plea agreement says he used Trump’s Social Security number and other personal information to open an online application for federal student aid on Sept. 13, 2016. After obtaining a username and password, he tried to use an Internal Revenue Service data retrieval tool to obtain Trump’s tax information, the document says.
“The defendant made six separate attempts to obtain the federal tax information from IRS servers, but he was unsuccessful,” says the document. It doesn’t specify how much of Trump’s tax information could have been retrieved with the online tool.
Hamlett, a Lafayette resident, was indicted in November 2016. His trial had been scheduled to start this week, but the judge originally assigned to the case died on Saturday after a brief illness. U.S. District Court Judge John deGravelles, who inherited the case, didn’t immediately schedule Hamlett’s sentencing hearing.
Defense attorney Michael Fiser had argued Hamlett didn’t have any “intent to deceive” and simply tried “out of sheer curiosity” to discover whether Trump’s tax information could be accessed through the government website.
People be crazy.
It’s really that simple.
What’s funny is that this man thought he might get away with something this big. What a dope!