Students for Trump co-founder John Lambert was denounced as a “cold-blooded fraudster” by a judge before he was sentenced for posing as a lawyer.
Lambert was sentenced to a 13-month prison term for a scam that targeted individuals with little experience seeking legal advice, for which he was paid at least $46,654 while delivering little of value to his victims, reported the New York Daily News.
“Mr. Lambert took his money and did nothing,” said District Court Judge Valerie Caproni about one victim, who expected help with a credit problem. “Mr. Lambert did not even have the common decency to make up an excuse and tell the victim to hire another attorney.”
The 25-year-old posed as Eric Pope, of the Manhattan-based firm Pope & Dunn, and falsely claimed to be a graduate of the New York University School of Law with a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law.
“I lost focus on who I was,” Lambert said in court. “My ignorance was a disrespect to the law and my country. My life will be forever marked by this poor choice at a young age.”
He and classmate Ryan Fournier founded Students for Trump, which ran a Twitter account full of photos of bikini-clad women and showed themselves at political events, while students in 2015 at Campbell University in North Carolina.
Fournier was listed as a co-conspirator in the fraud but reached a cooperation agreement with prosecutors in the case.