The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) charged a former IRS consultant for allegedly disclosing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the media.
Charles Littlejohn, 38, is also accused of leaking tax returns of thousands of other wealthy individuals.
Although the DOJ didn’t identify the news outlets that received the tax returns, it’s believed to be The New York Times and ProPublica.
🚨 BREAKING: An IRS consultant has been charged with stealing and disclosing tax returns of Donald Trump and nation’s ‘wealthiest individuals’ to media
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 29, 2023
According to Fox News, Littlejohn allegedly disclosed Donald Trump’s tax returns to The New York Times while he was in office.
Per Fox News:
The returns dated back more than 15 years, court documents said. He allegedly stole the tax returns between 2018 and 2020, federal prosecutors said. Trump is not named in the complaint.
“Littlejohn is charged with one count of unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison,” the DOJ said in a news release.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS’s internal watchdog, is investigating the case. The DOJ declined to comment on the case.