TACOMA, WA — Washington native and anime fan Darren Pritcher surrendered to authorities late Sunday afternoon to face a 30-count federal indictment that include charges of falsely reporting completed anime on his MyAnimeList account.
Prosecutors charged Pritcher, 24, with marking anime he had dropped as “complete” and for falsely stating his episodic progress on several shows.
Authorities revealed that Pritcher is only on episode 4 of Nisekoi, while his MyAnimeList account claims that he is on episode 20. The six-month-long investigation also revealed that he dropped Aku no Hana after two episodes; his MyAnimeList states that he completed the show and rated it a 7/10.
“This is one of the most egregious incidents of anime fraud I’ve seen in my 15 years of working in this department,” said Johnathan Marquez, head of the FBI’s Washington department. “Lying about anime… it doesn’t get much worse than that.”
Prosecutors claim that Pritcher could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts.