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As the 'Students for Trump' scandal is raging on, new details are surfacing. According to Newsweek, John Lambert, 23, who helped create the Republican lobby group Students for Trump has admitted running a scam. Lambert pretended to be a lawyer and took money for legal advice. The Typical Student team learned the details.
Who Is John Lambert?
John Lambert, 23, from Knoxville, Tennessee, pleads guilty to wire fraud conspiracy. "Under his plea deal with prosecutors, he will not appeal a sentence that is 21 months or less. He also agreed to forfeit $46,654. He will be sentenced on November 18," the New York Post reported.
Between 2016 and 2018, Lambert pretended to be Eric Pope, a lawyer in the fake law firm Pope & Dunn. He also claimed he was an NYU Law School graduate. Allegedly, he also had the University of Pennsylvania finance degree backed by a decade and a half of corporate and patent law experience, Newsweek reports.
In reality, Lambert had attended Campbell University, where he majored in trust and wealth management. At least six individual and corporate victims paid the faux lawyer for his legal advice and services on a wide range of subjects. According to the United States Attorney's Office, Lambert was dealing with credit reports issues, will drafting, corporate and intellectual property law and a dispute with a former employee.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman explained more on Lambert's scheme:
"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."
The Person Behind 'Students For Trump' Scam
Together with his classmate Ryan Fourier, Lambert set up Students for Trump in 2015. Back then, during the last presidential campaign, they made headlines with their media appearances. In October 2016, Lambert led the "Millennials for Trump" rally at Georgia State University together with far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.
'Students For Trump' reps have confirmed that Lambert had left the group after the election. The members "fully condemn" his actions.
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