Maryland man sentenced for attempting to interfere in civil lawsuit

Posted at 7:05 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 19:05:59-05

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — A Maryland man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison and three years of supervised release for aggravated identity theft and making false statements in a federal court filing, stemming from his attempt to interfere in a civil lawsuit between Andrea Constand and former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor.

Joseph Johnson, Jr., was convicted after a trial in November 2019 for stealing the identity of Constand's lawyer and using her identity to make a false filing in federal court in the civil case.

In January 2016, Johnson sent harassing emails to Constand’s lawyer threatening to expose Constand’s home address and that of one of her family members because Johnson believed her allegations against Bill Cosby to be false.

Then, in February, the defendant filed a false document in the civil suit. In order to make the filing appear legitimate, Johnson forged the signature of Constand’s counsel.

“This trial conviction and subsequent sentence highlights our Office’s continued vigilance to ensure the integrity of our federal courts,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “The role of attorneys in the justice system is of paramount importance. Attempting to impersonate one -- as the defendant did here -- is an affront to our collective understanding of justice and is worthy of serious punishment.”