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Richard Wershe Jr. biography: 13 things about Detroit, Michigan native aka White Boy Rick


Richard John Wershe Jr. is a former drug trafficker and Federal Bureau of Investigation informant also known as White Boy Rick. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States to Richard Wershe Sr. and Darlene McCormick, who have another child named Dawn Wershe.

Richard Jr. has a son named Richard Williams and two daughters. Here are 13 more things about Richard Jr.:

  1. From 1983 to 1985, he was an FBI confidential informant, making him the youngest known informant in the history of the bureau.
  2. In 1984, which he was a high school freshman, he was already connected in the drug world by way of his father, a paid FBI informant. He worked his way into a major drug ring in Detroit run by Johnny Curry.
  3. In 1986, he was arrested for possession of 8kg of cocaine and sentenced to life imprisonment. 
  4. In 2003, he was denied parole.
  5. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering and sentenced to 5 years in prison. He admitted to being involved in a car theft ring in Florida while he was incarcerated in Michigan.
  6. On March 31, 2017, a documentary chronicling his case titled “White Boy” premiered at the Freep Film Festival in Michigan.
  7. In July 2017, he was represented by Ralph Musilli and was paroled in Michigan but directly to the U.S. Marshals who took him to begin serving five years in Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida, USA on his car theft ring conviction in 2006.
  8. On September 14, 2018, a filmed on his life titled “White Boy Rick” was released by Sony Pictures Releasing. Richie Merritt, Matthew McConaughey and Bel Pwley played him, his father and his mother, respectively.
  9. In 2019, the Florida clemency board denied his application. In the same year, “White Boy” started airing on the Starz network.
  10. On July 20, 2020, he was released from custody in Florida. He completed his sentence with credits for good behavior.
  11. In April 2021, “White Boy” was picked up by Netflix. In July 2021, he sued the FBI, claiming that he would never have gotten involved with drug gangs or criminality of any sort had he not been an FBI informant.
  12. Eminem played him in “BMF“, which premiered on Starz on September 26, 2021.
  13. On May 6, 2023, he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at his condominium in the Quantum on the Bay building in Edgewater, Miami, Florida. They started dating in January 2023. He was 53 years old when he was arrested on May 9, 2023.

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