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- On Tuesday, John Lambert, the co-founder the of Students For Trump pled guilty to a $46,000 scam posing as a lawyer.
- Lambert was arrested in April for posing as a powerful New York attorney despite never having gone to law school. He was actually an undergraduate student based in North Carolina at the time.
- He pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.
- He faces up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced in November.
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On Tuesday, John Lambert, the co-founder the of Students For Trump pleaded guilty to posing as a lawyer and scamming clients out of $46,000.
Lambert was arrested in April for posing as a powerful New York attorney despite never having gone to law school and was actually an undergraduate student in North Carolina at the time.
According to the complaint filed by an FBI agent, Lambert was accused of pretending to be a lawyer named “Eric Pope” between 2016 and 2018. According to a statement from the NY attorney general, victims of Lambert’s so-called legal advice included at least six individuals and corporations.
His scheme involved a web of fake phone numbers and fabricated profiles. In order to craft the persona of Pope, Lambert built a website with material copied and pasted from the website of the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York Law Journal reports.
Lambert found clients online over email or phone. Although he was in North Carolina, he was able to make it seem as if he were based out of Manhattan by using fake phone numbers with New York area codes, according to the complaint.
“Are you aware you are not an attorney?” Judge Valerie Caproni asked Lambert in a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday, according to the New York Post.
“Yes, your honor,” he said.
According to the New York Post, Lambert said that he did not act alone in the scheme, referencing an accomplice who he did not identify by name.
The 23-year-old now faces up to 20 years in prison. According to the New York Daily News, he agreed to forfeit $46,654.
Lambert will be sentenced by Judge Caproni on November 18, 2019.
“John Lambert represented himself to clients as a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school,” US Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. “But Lambert’s de facto career was one of a grifter: he had never been to law school and certainly wasn’t an attorney. Today, Lambert admitted to his crimes and faces time in prison for his misdeeds.”
At the same time as Lambert was scamming clients, he was attending college at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He was also a prominent, co-founding member of the group Students for Trump. Following his April arrest. Lambert is no longer affiliated with the group, however.
“We are highly disappointed in his actions and fully condemn the path which John Lambert decided to take after departing from Students for Trump’s executive board,” Students for Trump said in a statement reviewed by the New York Daily News.
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