Former Treasury official Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards convicted of leaking financial reports
June 3 (UPI) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Treasury Department employee to six months in prison for leaking sensitive financial reports on people linked to former President Donald Trump.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards pleaded guilty in January to one count of unlawfully disclosing reports of suspicious activity related to Trump allies Paul Manafort and Rick Gates to a BuzzFeed reporter. She was arrested on charges in 2018.
Federal prosecutors said the reporter published the information in 12 news articles.
“Today’s sentence demonstrates that officials who abuse the power entrusted to them will face serious consequences for their actions,” said US lawyer Audrey Strauss. noted Thusday. “Maintaining the confidentiality of SARs, which are deposited by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, is essential to preserve the integrity of a myriad of investigations and the confidentiality financial resources of individuals.
“Government employees with such sensitive information have a duty to protect that information. The accused abused that trust to serve her own purposes, broke the law and now faces jail time in a federal prison for his actions. ”
Edwards was with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN at the time of disclosure.
SARs are used to alert authorities to potentially criminal financial transactions. FinCEN manages the collection of SARs from the Treasury Department.
Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to bank fraud and money laundering charges stemming from Special Advocate Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia . Trump pardoned Manafort before stepping down.
Gates, Manafort’s former partner, pleaded guilty in February to lying to the FBI and defrauding the US government, charges also stemming from the Mueller investigation. He was sentenced to 45 days in prison.