District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Wednesday sentenced George W. Lewis Jr., 50, of St. Thomas to four months in prison and one year of supervised release for impersonating a federal officer and blackmail, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
Judge Gomez also ordered Lewis to perform 400 hours of community service and to pay a special assessment of $125.
Lewis pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 6. According to court documents, between October 2014 and January 2015, Lewis presented himself as being employed by immigration. In that guise, he befriended an illegal alien. When that relationship ended, Lewis threatened to have the illegal alien deported even though Lewis knew he was not an employee of immigration and had no authority to do so.
This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.