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Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center (Source photo by James Gardner)

Jail Inmate Accused of Perpetrating Fraud by Phone

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.
Former Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Ann Golden testifies as chairwoman before the Senate in 2015. (File photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Judge Gives Former Casino Commission Chairwoman 24 Months

A public official who admitted to taking thousands of dollars from the Casino Control Commission was sentenced to 24 months in prison on Thursday.
Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex (File photo)

Corrections Faces Daily Fines for Shortfalls at STT Jail

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 Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Case Dismissed, Asylum Granted for Syrian Teen

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.
The District Court building on St. Croix. (File photo)

Man Apprehended by STX Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Charge

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.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Owner of Construction Company Gets 14 Months for Disaster Fraud

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.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Suspects in Million Dollar Chase Plead Guilty to Drug Smuggling

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.
The Underground Night Club, on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

January Trial Set for Accused Sex Trafficker

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.
The GERS office on St. Thomas.

Consultants Tell Court Government Owes GERS As Much As $5 Million

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.
Metal debris cannot be brought to the Bovoni Landfill, and so a lot of it ends up on the side of the road. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

No End in Sight to St. Thomas Landfill Metal Ban

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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