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Restaurant Owner Thankful To Be A Free Man

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 16:29:35-05

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18)- The man who used a fake identity to open a business in Richmond is back to work behind the counter of his restaurant.

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.

In a jailhouse interview, Thomas said he just used the false identity so he could work and will accept his punishment.

Now, he is back in Richmond. In a post on his Facebook page, Thomas announced that he was excited to be back in town in his role as “Chef Tela.”

Hello Facebook Friends and Family it's Chef Tela and thankfully with your prayers and God's favor I'm a free man and can…

Posted by Telas Kitchen on Wednesday, March 6, 2019