BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana private investigator faces a possible prison sentence for misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the president’s federal tax information before his 2016 election.
U.S. District Judge John deGravelles is scheduled to sentence 32-year-old Jordan Hamlett on Wednesday. Hamlett faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in December.
Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trump’s tax information through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.
Federal agents confronted Hamlett two weeks before the November 2016 presidential election and questioned him in a Baton Rouge hotel lobby.
Trump has refused to release his tax returns, bucking an American tradition honored by every president since Jimmy Carter.
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
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