A Louisiana private investigator has pleaded guilty to misusing Donald Trump’s Social Security number in repeated attempts to access the candidate’s federal tax information during the presidential campaign.
Jordan Hamlett faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea in federal court on Monday.
Authorities have said Hamlett failed in his attempts to get Trump’s tax returns through a U.S. Department of Education financial aid website.
The 32-year-old Lafayette resident’s trial had been scheduled to start this week, but the judge originally assigned to the case died Saturday.
Hamlett’s attorney had said he didn’t have “intent to deceive” -- a key element of the charge he faced.
Every president since Jimmy Carter has released tax returns. Trump has refused to release his.
A former Louisiana private investigator accused of attempting to illegally obtain Donald Trump's tax returns before last year's U.S. president…