A co-founder of Students for Trump was sentenced to 13 months in jail for scamming people out of their money by pretending to be a big shot Manhattan lawyer, The Hill reported.
John Lambert, 25, used the name of an actual lawyer, Eric Pope, to defraud unsuspecting “clients” of more than $40,000.
He put together a phony CV to embellish the scheme, claiming to have over a decade of experience in law, with degrees from NYU and the University of Pennsylvania, and top-dollar “tech moguls” and “entrepreneurs” as clients.
Students for Trump co-founder sentenced
Twitter personality Ryan Fournier, who co-founded the Students for Trump group, was also reportedly involved but is not facing prosecution after cooperating with the feds against Lambert, according to the Daily Beast. Fournier was named as a co-conspirator by Lambert’s lawyer.
Judge Valerie Caproni chastised Lambert for claiming to be taken in by the “youthful exuberance” of Fournier and the show Suits, which Lambert cited as an inspiration for the hare-brained plot. “You cannot foist this off on being led astray by your co-defendant,” she said, according to The Hill.
In the guise of a high-powered attorney, Lambert ended up bamboozling at least six people and corporations between 2016 and 2018.
The judge held Lambert solely responsible, upbraiding him as a “cold-blooded fraudster who cared not a whit about the victims of his fraud,” and ordered him to forfeit the ill-gotten profit of $46,000, as well as pay $21,000 in restitution.
Con artist expresses remorse
She also rebuked Lambert, who is a college student, for not seeking employment to pay back the victims, one of whom called Lambert “the worst of the worst” for swindling him out of his 401k and hectoring him over the phone “for ever questioning such an esteemed attorney from New York.”
“In truth, he had never done one bit of work for me as I clearly became aware,” the victim wrote in a letter to the judge.
Lambert expressed remorse for the crime, saying he is praying for “countless hours to rid myself of the demons.”
“My life will be forever marked by this poor choice,” Lambert said.
Lambert left Students for Trump shortly after Trump was inaugurated in 2017 over disappointment with the direction of the presidency.