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'Students For Trump' Leader John Lambert Found Guilty Of Defrauding More Than $46,000 From Donors

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Who Is John Lambert? New Details On Students For Trump Leader Guilty Of $46,000 Scam

It's rather hard to feel bad for Trump supporters, in general — but with that said, no one deserves to be fleeced of their hard-earned money. And while it can easily be argued that they ask for it, in a way — a fool and his money are soon parted, and all that — it's important to remember that stealing is wrong, no matter who does it and for what purpose. With all that said, who is John Lambert and why is he making headlines? 

Let's look at what we know about this rather noxious creature. 

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1. He posed as a lawyer and gave legal advice. 

According to The New York Daily News, John Lambert took to Al Gore's internet to create a website called Pope & Dunn, which was presumed to be a law firm. There, he posed as a lawyer called "Eric Pope" (very original, kid) and gave legal advice to the site's visitors. "Eric Pope" was listed as an NYU graduate with more than 15 years of experience in corporate law. 

2. John Lambert defrauded people of more than $46,000. 

According to Fox News, John Lambert took more than $46,000 from people while posing as a lawyer. Ultimately, to avoid a harsher sentence, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in New York's federal court. 

3. He founded Students for Trump three years ago. 

According to Politico, you would think that John Lambert would be so busy running the "fabulous" Students for Trump organization that he wouldn't have time to do anything else. You would think that, and you would be wrong. Anyway, he founded Students for Trump back in 2015, with the intent of having Donald Trump "revive the Republican Party" using bikini-clad models wearing MAGA on their private parts. Sound like a great plan. [/sarcasm]

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4. Despite what he claimed in his fraudulent activities, John Lambert graduated from a bottom-tier university and struggled in business. 

According to Newsweek, John Lambert was light-years away from the person he claimed to be. He was not an Ivy League-educated lawyer with 15 years of experience in practicing as an attorney. Rather, he was a graduate of the low-tier Campbell University, where he majored in trust fund management. And, because he couldn't find a job after he graduated, he swindled at least six people out of their hard-earned money. Sounds exactly like the type of person that would be a great fit for the MAGA crowd!

5. He even lied about the extent of his involvement with the Trump campaign. 

In February of 2016, John Lambert claimed that he and Students for Trump "met with Mr. Trump and top campaign officials to discuss what lies ahead for our organization. They expressed how proud they were of our efforts and members getting involved in the campaign," according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. However, the Trump campaign outright denied meeting with Students for Trump or John Lambert. 

6. What happens to John Lambert now? 

“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,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, in a statement published in The Mary Sue. 

Thanks to the cooperation of his unnamed co-conspirators, John Lambert faces up to 21 months in prison for his "misdeeds."


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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in People, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series. For more information about Bernadette Giacomazzo, click here.