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A Louisiana private investigator was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly trying to electronically access Donald Trump’s federal tax information several weeks before the 2016 election.
Jordan Hamlett, 32, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty in December to misusing Trump’s Social Security number. He had faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when U.S. District Judge John deGravelles sentenced him.
The judge told Hamlett that his sentence “has nothing to do with the election.”
“This is not about who won, who lost. This is not about politics,” deGravelles added.
Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trump’s tax information through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Rezaei had urged the judge to consider what could have happened if Hamlett had succeeded.
“You’re talking about potentially altering a presidential election,” the prosecutor said.
Hamlett apologized and told the judge he regrets what he did. He said his actions cost him “everything,” including his career and his home.
“I was trying to help, and I made a bad decision,” he said. “It was a mistake, and it was a bad decision.”
The judge ordered Hamlett to report to a federal prison by May 28. He also ordered him to pay $14,794 in restitution to the Department of Education to cover the cost of its response to Hamlett’s attempts.
Defense attorney Michael Fiser had argued Hamlett didn’t have any “intent to deceive” and tried “out of sheer curiosity” to discover whether he could access Trump’s tax information.