A former Inner Income Service contractor who stole and leaked the tax returns of former President Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Ken Griffin and different billionaires was sentenced to 5 years in jail.
Charles Littlejohn, 38, pleaded responsible Oct. 12 to stealing Trump’s tax information from the IRS and leaking it to the New York Instances.
He additionally admitted taking tax details about 1000’s of different rich People, together with Jeff Bezos, that he handed to ProPublica. The decide referred to as it the largest heist in IRS historical past and “an insupportable assault on our constitutional democracy.”
U.S. District Choose Ana Reyes imposed the utmost sentence on Littlejohn, who had stated in courtroom papers that he acted out of “a deep, ethical perception” that People had a proper to know the data, and sharing it was the one technique to change a tax system that favors the rich.
“He focused the sitting president of the USA of America and that’s distinctive by any matter,” Reyes stated at a listening to Monday in Washington. “If you goal the workplace of the president, you goal democracy.”
In a current memo to the courtroom, Littlejohn’s legal professionals stated he expressed regret for his actions, saying they’d “had undermined the IRS, breached the general public belief, and violated the privateness of 1000’s of American taxpayers.”
Littlejohn was alarmed when Trump took workplace in 2017 and refused to make his tax data public, they wrote. He was employed by an IRS guide and vowed to “attempt to entry the President’s tax returns if given the chance,” they stated.
Reyes stated his motivations had been a poor excuse for breaking the legislation.
“I imagine you sincerely felt an ethical crucial,” the decide stated. “I’ve thought deeply about your motivations and I additionally need to deter others who may need felt an ethical obligation to interrupt the legislation.”
Courtroom data present Littlejohn took elaborate steps to steal 15 years of Trump’s tax data and canopy his tracks earlier than he met with New York Instances reporters. He first gave the tax information to the Instances in August 2019, serving to reporters analyze the information after which stole further tax data, data present.