“This is a college prank that just went awry”
What do you think motivated this crime? Maybe a desire to be presented as a hero on the Rachel Maddow show.
Campus Reform reports:
Student pleads guilty to trying to HACK Trump’s tax returns
Before the 2016 election, two college students allegedly attempted to illegally obtain then-candidate Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Although the students were unsuccessful, one of the students involved, now 22-year-old Justin Hiemstra, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges for his involvement in the incident. Hiemstra could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000, the Washington Post reported.
Hiemstra and the second student, Andrew Harris, had attended Haverford College and, according to the U.S. Justice Department, the two defendants allegedly used a Haverford computer lab to reset a password and open a fake federal financial aid application under a Trump family member’s name.
“In order to reset the password, the defendant was prompted to answer challenge questions, which the original person had created when setting up the account,” DOJ said Tuesday in a statement. “The defendant was able to answer the questions and reset the password, and then used the President’s personal identifier information, including his social security number and date of birth, to attempt to import the President’s federal tax information into the bogus FAFSA application.”
Although their attempts failed, both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Education were able to detect the alleged hack attempts.
Trump’s tax returns have been a controversial subject since his campaign back in 2016.
“This is a college prank that just went awry,” William Brennan, Harris’ lawyer, said, according to news reports. Harris “certainly has no ill will or malice toward the president of the United States and his family, and he is very remorseful for any inconvenience he caused him.”
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