A former partner at multimillion-dollar graphics design company has become the first member of the ‘Proud Boys’ to plead guilty to conspiracy charges in the Capitol riot.
Matthew Greene, 34, admitted conspiring with other members of the far-right group to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote on January 6.
He could provide vital information in prosecuting at least 16 other members of the Proud Boys who face conspiracy charges for the deadly siege.
Greene, who was reportedly earning six figures at the time of the riot, was pictured wearing a mask and ski goggles at the front of a mob which forced its way through police barriers.
The former National Guard soldier has since disavowed the Proud Boys, saying that his ‘personal beliefs and ethics do not align’ with the group.
He faces just over four years in prison and a fine of up $150,000, along with about $2,000 in restitution for damage caused to the Capitol.
Matthew Greene, 34, was a partner at a multimillion-dollar graphic design company at the time of the riot. According to local reports he was making a six figure salary
Greene was pictured wearing a mask and ski goggles at the front of a mob which forced its way through police barriers
He pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding and will be sentenced in March.
At the time of the riot, Greene was a partner at Happy Mushroom and making a six-figure salary, according to local reports.
The graphics design firm was taking off and had just landed a contract to do art for Disney’s Star Wars series, ‘The Mandalorian.’
Following news of Greene’s arrest, Happy Mushroom said it was ‘appalled’ to learn of his extremist views and denounced him.
‘We are extremely appalled to learn Mr. Greene held beliefs that are so counter to what Happy Mushroom stands for,’ CEO and Creative Director Felix Jorge said.
‘Since its inception, Happy Mushroom has stood for inclusivity, diversity, and respect for our country’s political process and those who safeguard it. We have no tolerance for violence. We should all be coming together as a people to respect humanity.’
Prosecutors say Greene advanced past toppled police barricades and was at the front of a mob when cops began using pepper spray and other crowd-control measures.
But they don’t have any evidence that Greene entered the Capitol building that day.
‘After the riot, (Greene) engaged in conversations (on) encrypted messaging platforms admitting to his role in the riot, encouraging others not to give up in a fight to take back their country, and comparing the situation as it existed in the weeks following January 6 to a fourth-generation war,’ prosecutors wrote in a June court filing.
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