A co-founder of Students for Trump faces a November federal court sentencing and will forfeit more than $46,000 after pleading guilty to scamming clients while posing as a lawyer and giving legal advice.
John Lambert, 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the New York Daily News reports.
Lambert was accused of creating a fake law firm, Pope & Dunn, and claiming to be Eric Pope, prosecutors said.
According to court papers, Pope graduated from the New York University Law School, had a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and had practiced corporate and patent law for 15 years.
Lambert told U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni he lived in North Carolina while running the scam with an accomplice he did not identify from 2016 to 2018.
He said they represented themselves as "qualified lawyers" who are "providing legal services."
"Are you an attorney?" Caproni asked.
"No, your honor," he replied, according to the Daily News.
Lambert pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy — and he agreed to not appeal a sentence of less than 21 months in November. He also will forfeit $46,654 earned from the scheme.
"John Lambert represented himself to clients as a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
"But Lambert's de facto career was one of a grifter: he had never been to law school and certainly wasn't an attorney."
In 2015, Lambert co-founded Students for Trump at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., with classmate Ryan Fournier.
Students for Trump distanced itself from Lambert after his April arrest, saying he had left the group after President Donald Trump's election in 2016, the Daily News reports.
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