His achievements were fictitious in Hollywood movies, and now add a new twist to the true story of a former teenage FBI informant.
Richard Welsh Jr. has filed a $ 100 million (£ 73 million) lawsuit against former FBI agents and prosecutors alleging child abuse in connection with his time as an informant.
Welsh, now 52, spent 30 years behind the bar after being convicted of drugs.
Hired at the age of 14, he is believed to be the youngest FBI informant in history.
“I want you to close this chapter of my life,” Welsh said at a press conference on Tuesday, the first anniversary of his release, surrounded by his family.
Welsh’s short mission as an informant, known as “White Boy Rick,” and his ultimate beliefs influenced the 2018 film of the same name, in which Matthew McConaughey appeared as a fictional father.
Welsh states that the Monica was not a nickname, but was composed by the media when he was arrested.
Former Detroit police officers, retired FBI agents, former federal prosecutors, and the city of Detroit are all named in the proceedings.
A spokesman for the FBI’s Detroit office refused to comment on the proceedings as the proceedings were ongoing.
In a 10-page proceeding, Welsh claimed that after his father contacted the FBI, his daughter was first contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying he was dating a known drug dealer.
He recalled meeting regularly with FBI agents and Detroit police officers to provide information about Detroit drug gangs.
“If I weren’t a Task Force informant, I wouldn’t have been involved in drug gangs or crimes of any kind,” he wrote in the filing.
He said Welsh was “forced” to continue working, even though he said he had attempted an assassination by a local criminal after suspected relations with law enforcement agencies.
After working for law enforcement for two years, Welsh was drawn to the other side. He told the Guardian in 2015 that he was “blind” to money, women and property.
He was convicted in Michigan at the age of 17 for possession of cocaine. His role as an informant was unacceptable in court and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
“I was misguided,” he told the Guardian. “I went on a path I didn’t expect to affect the rest of my life.”