Lt. Gov. Tregenza A. Roach Esq., who also serves as the chairman of the Virgin Islands Banking Board, has issued a “Cease-and-Desist Order” to two businesses for operating non-bank automated teller machines without a license.
Falcon Gas LLC and L&R Service Station LLC dba Gas for Less & Mini Mart, both located on St. Croix, each received a Cease-and-Desist Order and were fined for the infractions. The businesses are charged with violating provisions of V.I. law.
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation was made aware of the violations, and records maintained by the division did not affirm that the businesses were licensed as nonbank ATM operators in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pursuant to V.I. law, non-bank operators are required to submit at least 30 days written notice to the Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation prior to activating a non-bank ATM.
An application that requires specific information relevant to the ATM service and an annual licensure fee must be paid to operate the non-bank ATM. Both businesses failed to apply for a license and cannot legally operate the ATMs at their locations.
The Cease-and-Desist Order will remain in effect until the establishments have fully complied with licensure requirements and the conditions of the order.
For more information, contact the Division of Banking, Insurance and Financial Regulation on St. Croix at 773-6449 and 774-2991 on St. Thomas.