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Federal and territorial officials and law enforcement officers convened virtually this month to take the fight against health care fraud to the next level, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced.
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.
Federal prosecutors brought new criminal charges against an associate of former Casino Control Commission Director Violet Anne Golden. Stephanie Barnes is scheduled to appear at an arraignment hearing Wednesday, Nov. 27, on those new charges.
This is the third article in a series on sex trafficking in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Federal authorities have arrested a number of adults using online communications to solicit V.I. minors for sex. Three recent cases involved undercover sting operations.
The public face of sex trafficking in the Virgin Islands showed up on Brookman Road in early August as federal agents closed in on a nightclub operator suspected of harboring migrants to work as prostitutes.