A paralegal in the United States Attorney's Office in New Jersey is accused of using government equipment to try to identify and reveal snitches for his Bloods group member, according to federal prosecutors.
Tawanna Hilliard, 44, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of obtaining information from the government and protected computers, conspiracy to tamper with a witness, tampering with a witness, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to harass a witness and harassment by a witness, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Her son, Tyquan Hilliard, who is a member of the 5-9 Brims set of the Bloods gang and serving ten years in prison for robbery in New York, is facing the same charges, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court.
Tawanna Hilliard, who lives in Brooklyn, worked at the federal office in Newark when she "used her DOJ-issued equipment to conduct computer searches to detect rmine about certain individuals cooperating with law enforcement" in 201
She was trying to help a high-ranking 5-9 member of Brims, identified in court documents as Brim-1, find out if two other gang members had provided information for law enforcement.
Brim-1 suspected that the other two gang members were federal defendants and had moved, but Tawanna ultimately ended up with neither of them having active federal cases, which she "described as a" red flag, "court documents said.
Tyquan Hilliard, who at that time served six years for possession of a loaded firearm, was in a dispute with Brim-1 and "expressed annoyance" that his mother had tried to help Brim-1, the documents said.
then logged into a DOJ search engine from the job to find information about Brim-1, including his address, and shared it with his son.Tawanna and Tyquan discussed ways to damage Brim-1, but no evidence shows they ever did , according to prosecutors.
In 2018, Tawanna was intent on identifying and eradicating two other snitches.
Both John Doe and Jane Doe were interviewed by police, at which time John Doe identified Tyquan as "a prominent member of 5-9 Brims," court documents said.
Tyquan and Tawanna received videotapes of both interviews, and Tawanna published John Doe's recorded statement on YouTube, entitled "NYC Brim Gang Member Snitching Pt." Jane Doe's recorded interview was also published on YouTube, entitled "NYC Brim Gang Member Snitching. "
Both John Doe and Jane Doe began to receive threats after the films were released, prosecutors said.
" No Snitching "is 5-9 Brim's" first rule "and several witnesses told investigators that people in the gang that cooperates with law enforcement "must be punished with physical attacks or even death," court documents said.
Tawanna Hilliard faces 20 years in prison only on the obstruction complaint, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. $ 75,000 in bail provided she has no contact with gang members, including her son. Her electronic communications will be monitored All the time.
Tyquan Hilliard will be arranged at a later date.
Tawanna Hilliard's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. A U.S. spokesman The Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey declined to comment.