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A former government worker sent false information to the FBI, claiming that his co-workers were involved in the Capitol riot on January 6

Prosecutors in Washington, D.C., revealed in newly unsealed court records Friday that a former government employee with ties to the intelligence community has been arrested and charged with submitting fake tips about seven co-workers who he falsely claimed were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Left: Federal Bureau Of Investigation emblem is seen on the headquarters building in Washington D.C., United States, on October 20, 2022. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via AP)/Right: Pro-Trump protesters seen on and around Capitol building as smoke from grenade rises in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via AP)

Left: FBI symbol on the headquarters building in Washington, D.C., USA, on October 20, 2022. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via AP). Right: Pro-Trump protesters near Capitol building with smoke rising from a grenade in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via AP)

Prosecutors in Washington, D.C., revealed in newly unsealed court records Friday that a former government employee with ties to the intelligence community has been arrested and charged with submitting fake tips about seven co-workers who he falsely claimed were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed by an FBI Special Agent with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Miguel Zapata falsely accused his colleagues of sharing “conspiracy theories” and “actively” trying to overthrow the government of the United States on Jan. 6 and “actively [taking] part in the riot” or sharing classified information.

Zapata is accused of sending the false claims about his co-workers through an FBI tip form online and using a “burner” email.

The affidavit states that none of the seven government employees and contractors were in Washington, D.C., on January 6 or attacked the Capitol.

Investigators said Zapata sent his first tip in February 2021 and continued until April, which raised the FBI’s interest due to the wording and timing of the submissions, as well as the fact that four of the tips came from the same IP address.

The affidavit states that none of the seven government employees and contractors were in Washington, D.C., on January 6 or attacked the Capitol.

Court records indicate that the false accusations included personal information about Zapata’s colleagues, including their security clearance statuses; one alleged victim was a former manager.

Prosecutors say they found a fake report sent by Zapata to one victim’s employer, in which he claimed the person said, “we’re going to hang those dirty politicians and keep President Trump in office for four more years.”

Apart from accusing his former colleagues of causing violence on Jan. 6 or taking part in it, he also claimed that one person had sympathies for far-right groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Boogaloo Bois.

Zapata, who is charged with just one count of providing a materially false statement, appeared in court on Thursday before a magistrate judge in Washington, D.C., according to CBS. It is unclear when his arraignment date will be set.

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