Leader of the Proud Boys, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, was one of many arrested in Washington, D.C. shortly before the Capitol riot. He had previously worked undercover with police and had cooperated with investigators following an accusation of fraud in 2012, according court documents first obtained by Reuters.
Court documents show that he helped law enforcement officials through multiple investigations nearly a decade and provided information and going undercover.
The Proud Boys is a far-right, male chauvinist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies and was a major agitator during earlier protests and the Capitol riot on January 6. The Proud Boys have railed against a “deep state” and work to break down the current government system, and so the revelations of Tarrio as a federal informant came as quite a surprise.
Tarrio’s cooperation was first reported Wednesday by Reuters, found in a transcript of a 2014 hearing in federal court in Florida regarding his sentence for participating in a scheme involving the resale of diabetic test strips.
According to Tarrio’s defense attorney and the prosecutor, because of Tarrio’s extensive cooperation, both argued that his sentence of 30 months should be cut. The judge agreed to reduce his sentence to 16 months, the records show.
“Your Honor, frankly, in all the years, which is now more than 30 that I’ve been doing this, I’ve never had a client as prolific in terms of cooperating in any respect,” said Tarrio’s former lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, according to the transcript.
ATR News has attempted to reach the lawyer representing Tarrio in his current case, however, in his interview with Reuters, Tarrio has denied ever cooperating with authorities.
Tarrio was arrested in Washington on Jan. 4, two days before the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
ATR News Social Media Editor Norman Malecki in Columbus, OH contributed to this report.