The feds are seeking 5 years in prison for the IRS contractor who leaked Trump’s tax records

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WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence a former IRS contractor to five years in prison on a charge Leak Tax records Former President Donald Trump and other wealthy Americans to the media.

In court papers Tuesday, prosecutors urged a judge to impose the maximum five-year prison sentence for Charles Littlejohn of Washington, D.C., after he was framed for murder. Admission of guilt In October, he was charged with disclosing tax return information without authorization. Littlejohn also admitted to leaking tax records belonging to “more than a thousand” other wealthy individuals.

In a plea agreement last year, state attorneys estimated eight to 14 months in prison based on federal sentencing guidelines, with both parties retaining the right to request a deviation from those guidelines, U.S. Attorney Jonathan Jacobson said in a filing Tuesday.

But he also described the range of sentences as “grossly inconsistent with the seriousness of the crime.”

“The scope and scale of defendant’s unlawful disclosures appears to be unparalleled in the history of the IRS,” Jacobson asserted. “There is simply no precedent for a case involving the disclosure of tax return and return information associated with more than a thousand individuals and entities.”

In 2020, The New York Times published a a report Saying that she obtained more than two decades of Trump’s tax information and that… have paid Just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. The following year, ProPublica Published reports On taxes for the wealthy.

Littlejohn’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday night.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 29 before District Judge Anna C. Reyes in Washington.

Daniel Barnes reported from Washington and Zoe Richards reported from New York.

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