Louisiana Man Finds Out That Using President's Social Security Number Is A Bad Idea

In the runup to the 2016 presidential election, there were a whole lot of people that wanted to get a look at then-candidate Donald Trump’s tax returns. One Louisiana man took the cake in that regard, and he’s about to pay a hefty price for his overzealousness.

Jordan Hamlett, 32, decided that he was going to get a hold of Trump’s returns by using the president’s social security number. He has now learned that was a really bad idea.

As the Daily Mail shares, Hamlett was indicted for his outrageous decision last year, and he’s facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty in federal court. No word on whether or not he still feels that getting a look at Trump’s tax return is imperative.

Hamlett’s quest began in September 2016. There was a lot of scuttlebutt making the rounds that Trump’s failure to provide copies of his tax returns meant that he was attempting to hide something. Trump contended that he was under audit and would release them afterward, but the calls from his detractors continued unabated.

This was all going on in spite of the fact that each and every presidential candidate is required to file detailed financial disclosure forms that are readily accessible to anyone that cares to expend the effort to look for them. In addition, the forms will tell you more about a candidate’s financial history and dealings than any simple tax return ever would.

Nevertheless, the tax return thing was a recurring theme for those that don’t care for Trump.

Somewhere along the way, Hamlett would get hold of Trump’s social security number. He would use that to open an online application for federal student aid, and he would then obtain a username and password to attempt to retrieve the returns through an IRS portal. He tried numerous times, but his efforts proved fruitless.

“The defendant made six separate attempts to obtain the federal tax information from IRS servers, but he was unsuccessful,” according to a document accompanying his plea agreement.

Defense attorney Michael Fiser contended that curiosity merely got the better of his client and that he meant no harm, but that argument didn’t hold much weight.

“We felt like, under the circumstances, it was time to accept full responsibility and move forward to get closure,” Fiser said.

This is a perfect example of folks that are taking things way too far in the current environment. Hamlett is going to go to prison for his actions, and his reputation is completely ruined.

Is that really worth it just because you want to prove a political point? It certainly doesn’t sound like an even trade.

Trump’s financial information is readily accessible to anyone that cares to take a gander at it, which makes it all the more curious as to why the drum was being pounded so hard on this non-issue. In any event, we’ll hope that this story will serve as a cautionary tale for those that are taking their political beliefs way too far.

Update: Hamlett was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison, and the judge also ordered him to pay $14,794 in restitution to the Department of Education for the cost of its response to his attempts.

Source: Daily Mail, The Times-Picayune
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, ABC 13, Takver/Wikimedia, Michael Vadon/Wikimedia

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