A paralegal in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey used government equipment to expose witnesses who were cooperating against her son, a Brooklyn gang member who was charged in a robbery case, authorities said Tuesday.
Tawanna Hilliard, 44, was charged with witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy, according to a federal indictment that alleged she used her work computer to access and expose information about her son’s Brooklyn gang.
Prosecutors said in 2016, Hilliard posted on YouTube a videotaped post-arrest statement by her son’s co-defendant, a social media share that all but outed the defendant as a snitch.
She found the video in discovery material, and labeled it “NYC Brim Gang Member Snitching Pt. 1.” when she posted it online, prosecutors said.