A former U.S. Treasury official has been sentenced to six months in jail for illegally leaking financial records involving Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chair Paul Manafort and several others.
Natalie May Sours Edwards, a senior advisor with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), admitted to participating in a conspiracy to disclose suspicious activity reports (SARs) and other sensitive information involving Manafort, the Russian Embassy, Russian agent Maria Butina and others.
“Maintaining the confidentiality of SARs, which are filed by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, is critical to preserve the integrity of myriad investigations, and the financial privacy of individuals,” said U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss in a release.
“Government employees entrusted with such highly sensitive information owe a duty to safeguard that information. The defendant abused that trust to serve her own purposes, broke the law, and now faces time in a federal prison for her actions,” she added.
According to the complaint against Edwards, she leaked the SARs to a journalist through encrypted texts.
Edwards was sentenced to six months in federal prison and three years of supervised relief.