A former senior Treasury Department official was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison for leaking thousands of documents to a news reporter while she worked at a financial crimes division at the agency.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards pleaded guilty last year to leaking suspicious activity reports, known as SARs, during her time at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network — but maintained she did so as a whistleblower to highlight alleged corruption in the government.
Manhattan federal court Judge Gregory Woods sided with prosecutors, who requested a maximum sentence of six months after Sours Edwards pleaded guilty.
Woods said at the sentencing hearing that the unauthorized leaking may have made our country less safe and may have put scrutiny on innocent people, as the reports reveal identities of people under suspicion who may have not committed a crime.
“The crime was a serious one,” Woods said, adding a sentence that included prison time was necessary to