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October 9, 2021

Pelosi’s alleged laptop thief formally charged

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was formally charged.

Riley June Williams, 22, received an indictment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing her of stealing the laptop from Pelosi’s office and attempting to sell it to Russians. An unsealed indictment said authorities arrested Williams for the alleged crime not long after the riot and formally charged her this week.

Williams faces an additional charge of resisting police.

According to court documents, video footage reveals Williams instructed a man to put on gloves while handling the laptop.

“Dude, put on gloves,” Williams said in the video, as a gloved hand took the laptop from a desk.

According to the indictment, a social media account linked to Williams shared a post bragging about stealing from Pelosi. A witness alleged that Williams attempted to “send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.” It is unclear why the plan was unsuccessful.

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Woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop formally charged

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