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Gerard Pleads Guilty in Child Sex Trafficking Case

A 2019 sting operation by federal authorities led to a plea deal on Oct. 14 in St. Croix District Court in which Rashead Gerard admitted he answered an online ad from an agent posing as the father of a 14-year-old girl.
The Ron deLLugo Federal Courthouse. (File photo)

Former Officer Among Three Pleading Guilty in District Court

A former officer of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs and two other men all pleaded guilty in three separate cases in St. Thomas District Court recently, according to U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert.

Federal Sting Operation Produces Guilty Plea in STT District Court

John Michael Burgos, the man who was apprehended in February during a foot chase through Estate Tutu has pleaded guilty to drug and weapons charges.
Khaliem Tang-Yuk (VIPD photo)

Judge Tells Airport Defendant to Stick Around

Khaliem Tang-Yuk, a 27-year-old from Puerto Rico, was arrested Saturday after police found ammunition in his bag during a security search at the Cyril E. King Airport.
St. Thomas GERS building (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Judge Tells Government Lawyer Court Can’t Stop Pension Penalties

A lawyer representing the V.I. government asked a federal judge to waive penalties and interest owed to GERS. During a Tuesday morning hearing in District Court, the judge said the law does not allow him to do so.
A Virgin Islands Police Department vehicle sits parked in front of the V.I.P.D. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Police Use-Of-Force Compliance Lapsed, Monitor Tells Court

One and one-quarter years after the top brass at the Virgin Islands Police Department cleared a hurdle towards successfully meeting the terms of a federal consent decree, they learned Wednesday how close they are to losing all they’ve worked for.

NLRB takes V.I. Casino Control Commission to Court

The federal authority charged with overseeing labor relations between employers and their workers is asking a court to declare that the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission cannot interfere with unionized workers or their collective bargaining rights.
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)

Golden Pleads Guilty in Casino Control Embezzlement Case

Former Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Ann Golden has admitted to taking $295,503 from the coffers of the agency she headed for ten years. The attorney representing Golden filed a plea agreement in December, which was finalized by federal prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 2.
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.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.

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