A paragraph in the United States Attorney's Office in New Jersey is accused of using government equipment to try to identify and divulge the reports of his son to a member of the Bloods gang, according to federal prosecutors.
44-year-old Tavana Hilliard pleaded not guilty Tuesday to receiving information from government and security computers, conspiracy to tamper with a witness, tampering with a witness, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to harass a witness harassment of a witness, according to a spokesman for the US Attorney's Office for the East District of New York.
Her son Tikvan Hilliard, who is a member of the Blood Band gang of 5-9 Brims and is serving a 1
Tauana Hilliard, who lives in Brooklyn, was working at the federal office in Newark when he "used his DOJ-issued equipment to conduct computer searches to find out whether certain persons had cooperated with law enforcement" through 2016 according to court documents.
She was trying to help a senior 5-9 Brims member identified in court documents as Brim-1 to find out if the other two gang members had provided information to law enforcement.
Brim-1 suspected that the other two members were n the gang are federal defendants and trimmed, but Tawwana eventually discovers that none of them have active federal cases, which she "referred to as a" red flag, "" court documents said.
Tyquan Hilliard, who thereupon spent six years in possession of a loaded firearm, was in a dispute with Brim-1 and was "annoyed" that his mother tried to help Brim-
She then went into the DOJ search engine to work found information about Brim-1, including his address, and shared it with his son. Tawanna and Tyquan have discussed ways to harm Brim-1, but prosecutors say there is no evidence they ever did.
In 2018, Tawanna intended to identify and display two other scammers. Tikwan and two others identified in court records as John Doe and Jane Doe have been arrested for allegedly robbing a New York cellphone store.
Both John Doe and Jane Doe were interviewed by police, at which point John Doe identified Tikwang as "a prominent member of 5-9 Brims," court documents say.
Tyquan and Tawanna received videos from both interviews, and Tawanna posted the recording by John Doe on YouTube, entitled "NYC Brim Gang Snitching Pt. 1." The recorded interview by Jane Doe was also published on YouTube, with the title "NyC Brim Gang Member Snitching."
Both John Doi and Jane Doe started receiving threats after the videos were posted, prosecutors said.
"No snitching" is 5-9 Brims "first rule" and multiple witnesses said to investigators that gang members who cooperate with law enforcement "should be punished with suicide attacks or even death, "court documents say.
Tawanna Hilliard faces up to 20 years in prison only on obstruction charges, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. She was released on $ 75,000 bail. provided that she has no contact with members of the gang, including her son, and her electronic communications will be monitored at all times.
Tyquan Hilliard will be appointed at a later date.
Tawanna Hilliard's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey declined to comment.