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United Kingdom National Sentenced For Resisting Deportation Orders

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Michael Phillip Telemaque, 47, of the United Kingdom, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to 57 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for four counts of impeding or hampering his deportation. A federal jury found Telemaque guilty on September 10, 2013 after a two-day trial.

Witness testimony and documents admitted at trial revealed that Telemaque refused to fill out passport applications for his deportation to the United Kingdom four times between November 2010 and September 2011.  In addition to the application requirement, the United Kingdom also requires that Telemaque must speak to a representative of the consulate, provide fingerprints and a photo, and show proof that he is a United Kingdom citizen.  He refused to perform any of these tasks.  Telemaque was convicted in January 1997 of selling crack cocaine and received a 180-month prison sentence.  He was ordered to be removed from the United States in June of 2010.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement and Removal Operations conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. McManus and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015