“Eric is a graduate of the New York College University of Legislation and pursuing that 15 many years of function encounter with corporate and patent regulation,” read the profile of Eric Pope, principal at Pope & Dunn. “Through this track record Eric has stretched across a lot of states, nations around the world and diverse fields of know-how. He is sought right after for his experience with financial and company issues thanks to his skill to mitigate legal scenarios even though preserving the expansion of his consumers organization a focal level.”
And it was all true! Except that Eric Pope never ever went to NYU, had no practical experience with company or patent law, and did not exist.
Pope was an on-line change-ego cooked up in 2016 by John Lambert who was then a 20-12 months-previous school university student in North Carolina. Utilizing gig websites like Upwork, Lambert and his fellow “Students for Trump” co-founder Ryan Fournier promoted by themselves as seasoned attorneys, scamming much more than two dozen would-be shoppers out of $46,000 applying profiles cribbed from Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
And you showed up for CivPro at 8 a.m. like a chump!
Lambert, who is now 25, fails to have grasped the most essential tenet of felony law: always be the dude who flips 1st. The New York Every day News confirms that Fournier is the unindicted co-conspirator from the 2019 criticism charging Lambert with numerous counts of wire fraud.
And so it was that Lambert was the only just one in court docket yesterday struggling with down U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni who was not impressed by his lawyer’s argument that his client’s “youthful exuberance” designed a “non-fact-based notion of ‘practicing legislation,’ which was fueled by Television shows these kinds of as ‘Suits’” that “led him to think that he could make a fake persona and act like a Television set character, all with the purpose of making an attempt to master the law and assistance some others.”
Describing him as “a chilly-blooded fraudster who cared not a whit about the victims of his fraud,” Choose Caproni lambasted Lambert for leaving determined would-be shoppers in the lurch.
“Mr. Lambert took his money and did nothing,” she reported. “Mr. Lambert did not even have the widespread decency to make up an excuse and notify the target to hire another lawyer.”
Prosecutors requested for a custodial sentence of 15 to 21 months, citing the unique vulnerability of Lambert’s victims, “who probably sought a lawyer on a net-centered platform due to the fact of their relative absence of sophistication with regards to the authorized field” and have been “prevented them from obtaining genuine authorized advice from a genuine attorney.”
Lambert’s counsel questioned for a non-custodial sentence, alluding to the “merciless” media coverage of a meme-troll who obtained famed posting photos of females in bikinis to personal the libs and then got arrested for fraud. (And they are nonetheless at it.)
“The sum of notice that this case has generated has been a nightmare for John Tyler and for his family” Michigan legal professional Gary Peters wrote in his sentencing memorandum.
But Peters’s argument that Lambert was but a naive lamb corrupted by Fournier unsuccessful to have the day.
“You can’t foist this off on currently being led astray by your co-defendant,” she explained before sentencing him to 13 months in prison and ordering him to fork out complete restitution.
Continue to be in law university, young children!
Students for Trump founder John Lambert sentenced to 13 months for posing as law firm [NY Daily News]
US v. John Lambert [Docket via Court Listner]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore the place she writes about regulation and politics.