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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Belle Chasse Man Sentenced for Misuse of a Mariner License

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that WILLIE ENGLISH, age 42, of Belle Chasse, was sentenced today for his misuse of a federal license.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon sentenced ENGLISH to three years probation with six months home detention.

According to the court documents, in November 2008, ENGLISH used a fake U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s License, purporting to be a Master of vessels not more than 100 gross tons, to maintain employment as a vessel captain at Bud’s Boat Rental in Belle Chase, Louisiana.  ENGLISH admitted he made the license while he was a deckhand onboard another vessel for another employer.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Coast Guard Investigative Service in investigating this matter.   Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Greenfield was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 14, 2015