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Jamaican National Pleads Guilty to False Claim of U.S. Citizenship

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI- Ewart Henry, 71, of Jamaica, pleaded guilty today in federal court on St. Thomas to making a false claim of United States citizenship, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced. District Judge Curtis V. Gomez detained Henry pending further proceedings. Sentencing is set for October 5, 2017.


According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Henry admitted that he knowingly gave a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer a Connecticut state identification card to falsely represent that he was a United States citizen.


Henry faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine. This case was investigated by CBP and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations . It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated June 1, 2017