Defendants face felony charges, including Perjury, for submitting fake documents
The DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust has secured a guilty plea to Perjury, and two indictments on Perjury and Forgery charges, against three Delaware men who submitted forged documents in their applications to the Delaware Board of Pardons.
“You can’t begin a second chance with a lie,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “Pardons exist to support people who have truly been rehabilitated, who are contrite, and who want to stay on the right path. It is an act of grace by the State, and the overwhelming majority of pardon recipients honor that trust. Trying to exploit and take advantage of it is not only a crime against the State and the public trust. It is a slap in the face to the victims of these men’s crimes, and frankly to every pardon applicant who works hard to submit good faith applications. We will not tolerate it.”
On March 4, 2022, Eric Nyabiosi of Newark was sentenced after his guilty plea to Perjury 2nd Degree, a Class F Felony. Nyabiosi, 40, was indicted after filing an application for pardon containing two forged letters, one from the “co-founder and Managing Director of the Men Empowerment Network,” and another claiming to be from his prior domestic violence victim. Nyabiosi further attempted to avoid scrutiny by using incorrect mailing addresses on both of the fraudulent letters, and attempted to maintain control by offering to write a letter for the victim, who declined. He also asked the victim to share with him in advance what she intended to tell the DOJ. Nyabiosi’s actions were discovered by a Department of State paralegal’s due diligence in following up on his pardon application. Nyabiosi, having sought a pardon for misdemeanors, was convicted of a felony and sentenced to three years of Level V incarceration, suspended to twelve months of Level III probation.
Shortly before Nyabiosi’s sentencing, two men were charged for similar patterns of lies to the Board of Pardons. Anthony Anderson, 38, of Dover submitted a pardon application containing a forged letter claiming to be from the victim of his prior domestic violence conviction. Similarly, Marcus Taylor, 36, was caught after submitting a pardon application with a forged letter purporting to be from the Mayor of Godwin, NC. Taylor is pending extradition from Fayetteville, NC. He and Anderson were both charged with one felony count each of Perjury 2nd Degree and Forgery 2nd Degree, and each faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
These indictments were secured by Deputy Attorneys General, investigators, and social workers from the Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust.
A previous version of this release incorrectly stated that Marcus Taylor was extradited to Delaware. At the time of this release’s writing, Taylor’s extradition request was authorized but still pending.