Students for Trump founder pleads guilty to fraud after posing as a lawyer and taking $46,654 in fees
John Lambert is the 23-year-old co-founder of Students for Trump. He gained national attention in the 2016 campaign, particularly in North Carolina where the New York Daily News reports he even got to meet high-profile Trump advocate and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the campaign.
Now he’s likely prison-bound after a guilty plea in a New York courtroom. From the New York Daily News:
John Lambert, 23, created a website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn and claimed to be Eric Pope, a graduate of NYU Law School with a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania and 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law, prosecutors said.
In brief remarks in Manhattan Federal Court, the babyfaced fraudster from Knoxville, Tenn. said he engaged in the scheme with an accomplice who was not identified.
Lambert said they represented themselves as “qualified lawyers...providing legal services."
U.S. attorneys described him as a grifter, which makes sense he would be so drawn to Donald Trump.
“John Lambert represented himself to clients as a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school. 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," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
Be best in prison, John.