Ex-IRS contractor who leaked Trump tax records sentenced to 5 years in prison

The former Internal Revenue Service contractor who leaked the tax records of former President Trump and other wealthy Americans was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, multiple outlets reported.

Why it matters: The leaks offered an unprecedented glimpse of confidential IRS information and also highlighted how little the ultra-wealthy pay in taxes relative to their income.

  • They also shed new light on Trump’s financial situation, after the then-president had spent years trying to block the release of his tax returns.
  • Lawyers for Charles Littlejohn said earlier this month that their client had leaked the information because he held a “deep, moral belief” that the public had the right to know how much Trump and other wealthy Americans paid in taxes, Politico reported.

The big picture: Littlejohn pleaded guilty last October to a federal charge of unauthorized disclosure of tax return and return information.

  • Ahead of Monday’s sentencing, prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of five years in prison, per NBC News.
  • U.S. District Judge Ana C. Reyes on Monday sentenced Littlejohn to five years in prison and three years supervised release, CBS News reported. He will also have to pay a $5,000 fine.