WASHINGTON – 37-year-old Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, a violent white-nationalist group that engages in political violence, worked as an informant for federal and local law enforcement following a 2013 federal fraud conviction.
Tarrio’s sentence was reduced from 30 months to 16 after he concocted a scheme to sell stolen diabetic testing strips well below market value, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
In an interview with Reuters, Tarrio denied cooperating with authorities in any form. “I don’t recall any of this,” he said. The remarks stand in direct contradiction to statements from Vanessa Singh Johannes, a prosecutor who worked Tarrio’s case.
“He cooperated with local and federal law enforcement, to aid in the prosecution of those running other, separate criminal enterprises, ranging from running marijuana grow houses in Miami to operating pharmaceutical fraud schemes,” she said.
Tarrio is reported to have assisted in the prosecution of 13 people stemming from drug and illegal gambling investigations.
On January 4, he was charged with destroying property at a Black church as well as possession of high-capacity firearm magazines.
Tarrio’s cooperation with law enforcement predates his membership as a Proud Boy, an organization which formed in 2016. He became chairman in 2018. The Proud Boys were recently declared a “terrorist entity” in Canada, and were infamously told by then-president Donald Trump in a 2020 debate to “stand back and stand by.”
An FBI special agent, Rod Novales, told the court Tarrio’s cooperation wasn’t limited to federal authorities. Novales was knowledgeable in Tarrio’s work with a Miami detective working an illegal gambling ring.
“In fact, I had a drive-by surveillance with Henry Tarrio where he showed me the two locations that were engaged in illegal gambling,” Novales said.
Tarrio’s former attorney, Jeffrey Feiler, has also confirmed his cooperation with law enforcement. He’s described his former client as a ‘prolific’ informant who attempted to cover his tracks in court.
Tarrio also worked with the Hialeah Police Department in an investigation regarding the sale of marijuana. A raid on grow houses returned 100 pounds of marijuana, according to Feiler.
Tarrio faces up to three years in prison for his current charges.