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A Baton Rouge man accused of using an online student loan tool last year in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's tax records was a Louisiana-licensed private investigator from 2008 to 2015, the state Board of Private Investigator Examiners said Tuesday.

Jordan Hamlett has not been licensed by the board since March 10, 2015, when his license was up for renewal but he did not renew it, according to the Baton Rouge-based state board.

Hamlett was the owner of Averlock Investigations, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office.

Hamlett declined Tuesday to discuss his criminal case but said in an email he is still in business — but not in Louisiana — and works in other states, primarily in Mississippi.

It was last September when Hamlett allegedly tried to hack the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid - Datashare application to obtain Trump's tax data using a false Social Security number.

Federal agents questioned Hamlett in Baton Rouge on Oct. 27, and he was indicted Nov. 10 by a federal grand jury in Baton Rouge.

Hamlett is now asking U.S. District Judge James Brady to bar federal prosecutors from using the information he gave to agents. He argues he was not read his Miranda rights, that the statements he made were not voluntary and that he was not free to leave.

Prosecutors maintain there was no need to read Hamlett his rights because he was not in custody at the time of his interview with federal agents at the Embassy Suites.

In a court-filed opposition to Hamlett's motion to suppress, prosecutors also say Hamlett volunteered that he had committed a crime and "even sounded proud of what he had done."

In that May 15 opposition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Rezaei references Hamlett's experience as a private investigator.

"The Defendant is a 31-year-old private investigator who owns and operates an investigative agency. By the time of the interview, the Defendant had been a private investigator for about nine years, and significantly, through his work as a private investigator, he had become familiar and had discussions with law enforcement, including the FBI and sheriff's office," Rezaei wrote. "He also knew he could have left the interview had he wanted to do so."

Hamlett's attorney, Michael Fiser, on Monday cited the ongoing criminal case in declining to discuss the facts of the case. But he said Hamlett maintains his innocence and denies the accusation that he intended to violate any law.

   

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