Former VING Major Convicted of Wire Fraud

After a three-day trial, a federal jury found former V.I. National Guard Major Sherrymae Morales, 54, guilty of 21 counts of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced Wednesday.

Sharpe said District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez set sentencing for Oct. 20. Morales was ordered to self-surrender to the United States Marshals Service at 3 p.m. on July 15.

According to evidence presented at trial, from 2010 until 2011 Morales was employed as a fulltime employee with the National Guard on St. Croix. At the same, Morales also held a fulltime contract position with the Military Personnel Services Corporation, which provides employee support services to members of the VING.

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Morales submitted time sheets to both the MPSC and VING for the same 40-hour workweeks over a period of 14 months, the evidence showed.

Morales faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and fines of as much as $250,000 on each count of conviction.

The case was investigated by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command-Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard E. Potter.

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