The New York Times reported that the head of the far-right nationalist group the Proud Boys is undergoing an extensive investigation for its role in the Capitol riots this month.
The newspaper reported that the group’s president, Enrique Tario, has a history of cooperating with law enforcement, according to court records and a former prosecutor.
It said Tario had helped the FBI and local police departments track down more than 10 criminal suspects nearly 10 years ago, Reuters reported for the first time on Wednesday.
The newspaper pointed out that this news appeared when Tario himself was investigated for his role in encouraging the extremist group to attend the “Stop Theft” gathering in Washington, DC on January 6, after which hundreds stormed the Capitol building, which led to the suspension of the final approval of the presidential elections. .
Former Attorney General Vanessa S. Johannis wrote in an email that “Mr. Tario was cooperative, like many who seek to provide information and try to obtain substantial assistance.”
The court transcript, which documents a 2014 hearing in which Tario sought to reduce his sentence in a fraud case, shows that he helped law enforcement officers in his state, Florida, investigate and prosecute criminal companies, including illegal gambling, a marijuana cultivation laboratory and a smuggling ring. Immigrants.
The newspaper indicated that Tario’s criminal history dates back to 2004, when he was convicted of stealing a motorcycle worth 50,000 dollars. In 2012 he was charged with fraud in Miami and sentenced to 30 months in prison.
To mitigate the sentence against him, he cooperated with the authorities in two other federal cases, which led to the trial of 13 people. He, his lawyer said, worked undercover in police departments in Miami and at times endangered himself.