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Richmond Business Owner Admits Using Fake Identity to Open Shop

Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 08, 2019

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) – A man wanted out of Chicago for a probation violation admits that he used a fake identity to open a business in Richmond.

Marshawn Thomas was wanted for a probation violation in Chicago related to a marijuana charge. He’s now facing a charge in Madison County for using a false identity.

Thomas used the fake name to open a sandwich shop called Tela’s in Richmond. The sandwich shop’s opening was posted to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce with Thomas, who was known as  DeJuan Mack, cutting the ribbon.

Despite the owner being wanted out of state, Tela’s Kentucky Sandwich Shack offered discounts to law enforcement.

Today we celebrated Tela's Kitchen for a ribbon cutting! Thank you to everyone who came to support this local business….

Posted by Richmond Chamber of Commerce on Friday, January 18, 2019


In a jailhouse interview, Thomas said he just used the false identity so he could work and will accept his punishment. As for Tela’s, it will stay open under the direction of the store’s manager, JaQuentin Jenkins.

“Business is good. Not closing these doors,” Jenkins told LEX 18.