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January 31, 2018

Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty for Misusing SSN in Attempts to Obtain President Trump's Tax Information

On December 11, 2017, in the Middle District of Louisiana, Jordan Hamlett pleaded guilty to the false representation of a Social Security Number (SSN).1 Hamlett was indicted for the offense in November 2016.2

According to the court documents, on September 13, 2016, Hamlett knowingly and with the intent to deceive, falsely represented the SSN of another to be his own for the purpose of creating a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID). Hamlett also used the name, date of birth, and other personal information associated with the SSN in his online FAFSA request.3

As part of his fraudulent use of the SSN, Hamlett answered requests for information required by the online FAFSA and by the associated Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool, falsely declaring that he was the individual who was assigned the SSN. In fact, the SSN was assigned to then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.4

By making such a declaration, Hamlett obtained an FSA ID and subsequently used the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to unlawfully attempt, six separate times, to obtain the presidential candidate's Federal tax information from the IRS servers.5

Hamlett's sentencing has not been scheduled.6 He could face a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.7

    1 M.D. La. Plea Agr. filed Dec. 11, 2017.
    2 M.D. La. Indict. filed Nov. 10, 2016.
    3 M.D. La. Plea Agr. filed Dec. 11, 2017.
    4 Id.
    5 Id.
    6 M.D. La. Crim. Docket as of Dec. 14, 2017.
    7 Id.