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V.I. Health Care Fraud Task Force Launched

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.
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.
Problems mount for problem gaming contractor Stephanie Barnes as federal prosecutors file new charges against her in a superseding indictment.

Defendant in Casino Control Case Faces New Charges

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.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Sex Trafficking in the V.I. Part 3 – Traffickers Target Children

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

Sex Trafficking in the V.I. Part 2 – Recent Case Puts Face on Crime

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.

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