- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Prosecutors asked a federal court Friday to bar a Canadian man convicted of stealing his dead infant brother’s identity from filing any more civil actions or pleadings against witnesses.

The government’s unusual request comes in the criminal case against Leslie Lyle Camick, a 58-year-old telecommunications field engineer who lived in Winfield. Jurors on Jan. 30 found him guilty of aggravated identity theft, obstruction of justice, mail fraud and wire fraud. He is set to be sentenced April 21.

The obstruction of justice charge stems from a separate federal civil rights lawsuit Camick filed against his former girlfriend, her company and several law enforcement authorities in the wake of his indictment in the identity theft case.

Prosecutors contend that his civil lawsuit, which was quickly dismissed, had been filed as retaliation against his former girlfriend and business partner, Lynn Wattley, of Winfield. The jurors agreed, returning a guilty verdict on the obstruction of justice charge. Wattley testified against him in his criminal trial.

Camick has continued to file pleadings in his civil case containing what the government says are “unfounded, frivolous and slanderous” allegations, including claims of conspiracy against him by anyone associated with his prosecution.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson told the court Camick has also threatened to file a divorce action in state court falsely claiming Wattley is his spouse and that he has convinced others to file what turned out to be “retaliatory state court litigation” against her in the past.

Wattley and her company alone have spent more than $8,000 in attorney fees, and the government contends the other people named in the civil lawsuit - including a Winfield police officer, the Cowley County district attorney and other law enforcement agencies - have likely spent close to $100,000 in legal fees, according to the filing.

Camick’s criminal defense attorney, John Henderson, has discussed some of these matters with his client and will review the government’s request, Anderson wrote. Henderson declined to comment.

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