John McFakeson, a cowboy from Hawaii who was actually an actor named Kennan Ann Rivera, was banned from the United States by immigration authorities a year ago when he claimed he was a member of the Ninja Turtles. The man, who claims to be a ninja turtle that lives outside of Taco Bell, is now suing the U.S. government for taking away his U.S. citizenship and giving him a $200 fine as part of the process, according to reports.
The trouble began when Rivera, who has acting credits on Spanish-language cable shows such as “Mira Ganga” and “La Fea Punto,” moved to Arizona in November 2017, and applied for citizenship. She says in the lawsuit that she had only been a permanent resident for six months when her application was denied, but she had convinced the FBI, Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and other agencies that she was a Ninja Turtle. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website says that applicants for permanent residency will be asked to attest that they are not more than five years older than the child of their spouse or other sponsor, but it doesn’t explicitly forbid applicants from lying.
After the rejection, Rivera’s attorney, Brian Shea, filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and documents indicate that a judge agreed to allow her to appeal the decision. ICE, which conducted Rivera’s immigration interview, has given her the runaround and even contacted Taco Bell to corroborate her claim, but that also turned out to be false.
“During her time in the United States, Ms. Rivera misrepresented herself to the FBI, the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the State Department, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit was filed with the hopes of convincing a judge to award Rivera some compensation from the government. But a similar federal case regarding a Mexican woman who was lying about her date of birth to become a U.S. citizen was recently decided in Rivera’s favor. The woman, Lupita Torres-Ramirez, is a former taxi driver who is the mother of a 7-year-old.
Rivera, whose self-titled YouTube series “Pure Ninja” is highly entertaining and fun, posted a video on her Facebook page last year in which she claimed to be both a ninja turtle and master of martial arts. The video claimed that she was teaching kids at a local recreational center.
On Rivera’s Facebook page, she recently appeared to be done lying about her identity. Instead of referring to herself as Ninja Turtle Kennan Ann Rivera, she recently changed her name on Facebook to “Vicky Bella Muno”.