Land surveyor indicted in US for using data to support Trump

A US federal land surveyor has been indicted in a federal court in Denver for using his government-issued elevation certificates to support the Republican presidential candidate.

The indictment filed on Wednesday accuses Joshua P. Pang of using his certificates to provide personal, business and political information, which included identifying people and organizations to vote for Trump.

In an indictment filed in US District Court, federal prosecutors allege that Pang, 53, used his certificates in a way that was unlawful, a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act and the federal privacy law.

The US Justice Department said the charges could result in fines up to $250,000 for each count and up to a one-year jail term for Pang.

The indictment does not name the individual or entities it alleges are responsible for the activity.

Pang, a Colorado-based land surveyors, owns and operates Pang Consulting, according to a company website.

He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.