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June 19, 2018

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

On April 25, 2018, in the Middle District of Louisiana, private investigator Jordan Hamlett was sentenced for false representation of a Social Security Number (SSN). Hamlett was indicted for the offense in November 2016, and pled guilty in December 2017.

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.

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.

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.

Hamlett was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $14,794.96 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education.

    Source:  The facts in this case narrative come from the following publicly available documents: M.D. La. Indict. filed Nov. 10, 2016 ; M.D. La. Plea Agr. filed Dec. 11, 2017; Department of Justice, M.D. La. Press Release issued April 25, 2018; and M.D. La. Judgment filed April 27, 2018.