Riley Williams, 22, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop on January 6 according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday, and planned to try and sell it to Russian intelligence agents, She has been charged with eight counts, including theft of government property, obstructing an official proceeding, and assaulting or resisting police, according to the indictment.
Riley Williams, 22, has been formally charged with the theft of Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol Riot. Williams appeared to boast about stealing the laptop online. Authorities were tipped off in part by an ex-boyfriend of Williams. A Capitol Riot suspect accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop has been formally charged, court filings show.
It said Williams stole a “Hewlett-Packard laptop computer located in the offices of a member of the U.S. Congress.” Williams could face 20 years in jail and fines of $600,000 if she is convicted, The Daily Mail said. Williams’ involvement in the Capitol riot came to light partly through a tip-off from an ex-boyfriend, according to a January affidavit. The FBI said a former romantic partner of Williams informed authorities that he had seen her in news footage.
The boyfriend claimed she had told people she intended to send Pelosi’s stolen laptop to a friend in Russia, who would then sell it on to its foreign intelligence service. Authorities reviewed videos and images taken on January 6 and identified Williams entering the Capitol, and appearing to enter and exit Pelosi’s office, the affidavit says. One video shows Williams filming herself taking the laptop.
In a series of Discord messages obtained by the FBI, a person who appears to be Williams wrote, “I STOLE SHIT FROM NANCY POLESI .” Discord messages appearing to be from Riley Williams about Nancy Pelosi’s stolen laptop. Discord messages appearing to be from Riley Williams about Nancy Pelosi’s stolen laptop. Department of Justice.
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