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Richard Wershe Jr has filed a $100m (£73m) lawsuit against former FBI agents and prosecutors, alleging child abuse in connection with his time as an informant.
His exploits were fictionalized in a Hollywood movie, and now the true story of a one-time teenage FBI informant has a new twist.
He is 52 years old.
Richard Wershe Jr Sues FBI
The former FBI and Detroit police informant known as “White Boy Rick,” issuing FBI agents, Detroit police, and “others” for alleged child abuse, an attorney for Wershe announced Monday.
In the lawsuit, those Wershe has named in the case include former Detroit Police officers William Jasper and Kevin Green, retired FBI agent Herman Groman and Lynn Helland, a former U.S. Attorney. Helland is the current director of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.
In a press release, attorney Nabih Ayad said the FBI and Detroit police put Wershe, now 52, at risk when he became an informant for them at the “tender age” of 14.
“The government used Wershe as a child from age 14 to 16, putting him amongst gangsters, killers, drug dealers and thrust him into the world of drug trafficking, and then all turned on him to cover up the illegal and embarrassing nature of their conduct,” Ayad said.
Wershe, now 52, spent three decades behind bars after a drug conviction.
Recruited at 14, he is thought to be the youngest FBI informant in history.
“I want this chapter in my life closed,” Wershe said, surrounded by family at a press conference on Tuesday on the first anniversary of his release.
Known as “White Boy Rick,” Wershe’s brief stint as an informant and his ultimate conviction inspired a 2018 movie of the same name, with Matthew McConaughey cast as his fictional father.
Wershe has said the moniker was not a nickname but made up by the media around the time of his arrest.
Former Detroit police officers, retired FBI agents, former federal prosecutors, and the city of Detroit are all named in the suit.
A spokeswoman for the Detroit office of the FBI declined to comment on the suit because it is ongoing.
In the 10-page lawsuit, Wershe alleged federal agents initially contacted him after his father reached out to the FBI, saying his daughter was dating a known drug dealer.
He recalled meeting regularly with FBI agents and Detroit police officers to provide Detroit’s drug gangs information.
“Had I not been an informant for the task force, I would never have gotten involved with drug gangs or criminality of any sort,” he wrote in the filing.
Wershe was “coerced” to continue the work, he said, despite what he described as an attempted assassination by local criminals once his link to law enforcement was suspected.
After two years working with law enforcement, Wershe was drawn to the other side. He told The Guardian in 2015 he was “blinded” by money, women, and material possessions.
He was convicted in Michigan at age 17 for possession of cocaine. His role as an informant was not admissible in court, and he received a life sentence.
“I was misguided,” he told the Guardian. “I went down a path that I never thought would affect the rest of my life.”