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The tale of a man in prison using the phone at the Bureau of Corrections facility to scam a large sum of money from two people on St. Thomas was declared probable cause for charges of wire fraud.
A public official who admitted to taking thousands of dollars from the Casino Control Commission was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Thursday.
Almost a year since officials from the Bureau of Corrections were warned they risked penalties for not making mandated reforms at the St. Thomas jail, those penalties have become part of a federal court order.
The Syrian teen who turned himself into police on St. Thomas after making an illegal entry into the Virgin Islands was granted asylum. U.S. Magistrate Ruth Miller signed the order allowing 19-year-old George Soufan to stay in the U.S.
Marshall Miller, 44, of an unknown address, pleaded guilty Thursday in District Court on St. Croix for possessing fentanyl, a narcotic that has been the focus of law enforcement activity.
Juli Campbell, owner of a Puerto Rico construction company, was sentenced to 14 months in prison following her guilty plea to charges of fraudulently obtaining disaster relief funds following the 2017 hurricanes, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced in a Thursday news release.
Three men from Puerto Rico pleaded guilty in District Court to trying to hide $1.2 million in cash during a high-speed chase involving federal authorities. A judge ordered the three defendants to appear at a sentencing hearing in April.
A federal magistrate has ordered a January trial for a woman charged with transporting women from abroad to St. Thomas to employ as sex workers. The defendant, Yohanna Gonzalez-McFarlane, recently pleaded not guilty to charges in an indictment in late October.
A preliminary report submitted to a federal judge says the shortfall in employer contributions to the Government Employees Retirement System is between $4 million and $5 million.
St. Thomas residents and businesses waiting for the V.I. Waste Management Authority to lift scrap metal restrictions at the Bovoni Landfill will have to wait longer, according to a WMA spokeswoman.
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