Former contractor for the IRS who confessed to disclosing Trump’s tax information receives a sentence.

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IRS Contractor Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Leaking Tax Records of Former President and Wealthy Individuals

Charles Littlejohn, a contractor for the Internal Revenue Service, was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 3 years supervised release, and a $5,000 fine for leaking federal tax records of former President Donald Trump and other wealthy individuals. Littlejohn’s actions were deemed an attack on the constitutional democracy and an abuse of his position as a contractor with the nation’s tax collector. He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information in October and faced a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

According to investigators, Littlejohn used his position to illegally obtain and distribute the financial records of the former president, resulting in numerous articles based on the information. In a statement before the court, Littlejohn took full responsibility for his actions and stated that he was driven by a desire for transparency, but was also aware of the potential consequences.

However, his explanations did not sway the court’s decision. District Judge Ana Reyes emphasized the importance of upholding the law and protecting American democracy in the face of increased threats. She stated that the court’s job was to ensure that others do not view this type of conduct as acceptable or justifiable.

Prosecutors argued for the maximum sentence, stating that Littlejohn “abused his position” and “weaponized his access to unmasked taxpayer data” for his own personal and political agenda. They also stated that his actions were one of the most serious crimes in IRS history and that the sentence sends a strong message that those who violate laws intended to protect sensitive tax information will face significant punishment.

In response to the sentencing, Nicole Argentieri, acting head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, stated that “Today’s sentence sends a strong message that those who violate laws intended to protect sensitive tax information will face significant punishment.” The court’s decision serves as a reminder that we are a nation of laws and that such actions will not be tolerated.  

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