Proud Boyz leader was official informer, records show

The leader of the Proud Boys, who was arrested in Washington shortly before the Capitol riots, acted as the first undercover and cooperated with investigators following allegations of fraud in 2012, court documents show.

Henry “Enrique” Tario helped law enforcement nearly a decade ago in a variety of investigations that provide information and records show.

The Proud Boys is a far-flung, maleist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies and was a major agitator during earlier protests and the Capitol riot. 6. The Proud Boys attacked against a “deep position” and Kama. To break the current government system, and the revelation of Tario as a federal informer, was quite a surprise.

A description of Tario’s cooperation, first reported by Reuters on Wednesday, found in a transcript of a 2014 hearing in federal court in Florida that his conviction for participating in a scheme involved in the resale of diabetes test strips about.

The prosecutor and Tario’s defense counsel argued for Tario’s extensive cooperation, saying that his 30-month sentence should be commuted. The judge agreed to reduce his sentence to 16 months, records show.

“Your honor, frankly, in all the years, which now exceeds 30 that I am doing this, I have never had as a client in reference to cooperate in any respect,” Tario’s attorney Said, according to the transcript, Jeffrey Feiler.

An email seeking comment was not immediately returned from the lawyer representing Tario in his current case. In an interview with Reuters, Tario refused to cooperate with the authorities.

After Tario’s 2012 indictment, he helped the government prosecute more than a dozen others, the federal prosecutor told the judge, according to the transcript. Tario’s attorney said he was the first defendant to cooperate in the case and was involved in a variety of police undercover operations, including things like anabolic steroids and prescription narcotics.

“From day one, he was the one who wanted to talk to law enforcement, wanted to clear his name, wanted to straighten it out so that he could get on with his life. And he actually cooperated in a significant way, “the prosecutor said, according to the transcript.

Tario was arrested in Washington On January 4, four days before a Trump supporter crowd blew up the Capitol in a bid to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory.

He was charged with vandalism with a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during earlier protests in the nation’s capital. In December the banner was torn, torn and set off from the property of Asbury United Methodist Church.

According to the police report, Tareo was seen with a sign in a video of the incident posted on YouTube. Officials said that when police pulled Tario over, officers noticed two unloaded magazines with the Proud Boys logo in his bag, which had a capacity of 30 rounds.


Riechers reported from Boston. Associated Press reporter Kurt Anderson in St. Petersburg, Florida contributed to this report.


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