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‘Corrupt police stole my money’- DR woman alleges

- Denisse Del Sosa Ventura, who was jailed for illegal entry & failing to declare cash, wants back her money seized by the Crown
Denisse Del Sosa Ventura has alleged that police stole monies from her purse during a raid on a house in Great Mountain in 2010. Photo: VINO/File
The signed affidavit made in 2014 in which Denisse Del Sosa Ventura, among other things, accused the RVIPF of stealing monies from her. Photo: VINO
The signed affidavit made in 2014 in which Denisse Del Sosa Ventura, among other things, accused the RVIPF of stealing monies from her. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A woman from the Dominican Republic who served time at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsum Ghut between July 2010 and March 2011 for entering the territory illegally and failing to declare money, has accused the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) of stealing monies from her.

According to Denisse Del Sosa Ventura, police had seized two suitcases, $30, 000 that was in a closet and another $6,800 that was in her purse when she was arrested on July 4, 2010 at a home in Great Mountain.

Following her release from prison in March 2011following a successful appeal by her lawyer Mary Lou Creque, according to Ms Sosa Ventura, her suitcases were returned to her, however, no cash was returned. It was noted too that police did not document in their report the money that was taken from her purse.

“All the items and cash were taken from me by the police officer whom I describe as a dark skinned man, 5’7 tall, slightly overweight. Subsequently I realised that he did not report the cash he took from my purse,” Sosa Ventura had stated in a signed affidavit in 2014, of which a copy was made available to this news site.

The woman, who contacted Virgin Islands News Online from an undisclosed location, said she has since been making attempts to recover her money to no avail.

“That money [$30,000] was used as evidence and they did charge me for not declaring money, however, I remember an official told me that it was impossible to get that money… so they told me I could get the $6,800,” Ms Sosa Ventura told this news site.

RVIPF investigating woman’s claims

The woman further said police over a year ago told her they were investigating the matter and the police accused of taking the money, however, she is yet to receive word on any progress of the investigations.

Police also told this news site that investigations are ongoing into Ms Sosa Ventura’s claims.

“In relation to the $6,800, we are aware of ongoing investigations into monies which she stated were in her purse,” Police Information Officer, Diane Drayton told this news site on August 9, 2016.

Drayton also said the $32, 675 seized from Sosa Ventura was lawfully claimed by the Crown in 2011.

“In relation to your inquiry, $32,675 was seized from the individual…on July 5, 2010. In a decision of the court in 2011, those funds were forfeited to the Crown,” Drayton said.

Sosa Ventura believes, however, that money should also be returned to her.

“I think I should get all the money back because I paid jail for that. And I have nothing to do with the owner of the house where I was staying. So police should have in records the $30,000 and the $6,800 that the corrupt police never reported he took that money from me.”

The woman said she continues to seek legal advice on the matter.

41 Responses to “‘Corrupt police stole my money’- DR woman alleges”

  • ccc (10/08/2016, 08:42) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe the lady
  • Truth (10/08/2016, 08:52) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe her 100% because I had a expat friend here that got caught up with the law bout 3 years ago he was a construction worker a trade man to be exact and they took $8000.00 from in his house and told him he would get it back, the officers never mentioned it in the courts at no time when he was going and then he was deported because he spent 3 years in prison exactly and up to now not a cent, I done tell him to contact a local lawyer and tell them the name of the dirty cops that took his money, they need to stop the nonsense
    • police (10/08/2016, 10:04) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      lol funny but not funny how my squady dem moving so lord god help us
  • Vigilant (10/08/2016, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look thing again. Smh
  • dirty pig (10/08/2016, 08:57) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing smells worst than a rotten cop.
  • Research (10/08/2016, 08:57) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who were the arresting officers?
  • just Because (10/08/2016, 09:06) Like (4) Dislike (21) Reply
    Not saying that she is lying BUT at the same time just because the 30g was forfeited she could say anything. Dem spangniee lies when it comes to money sooooo. Because three officers were investigated and subsequently arrested she and Mary Lou goin try a ting
    • @just Because (10/08/2016, 10:12) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    • okay (10/08/2016, 12:00) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      but her letter is dated before the police were arrested.
      • It's Dated Be arrest My point (10/08/2016, 18:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Her letter was dated before their arrest and whilst investigations were on-going but funny enough the United Kingdom supreme white Officers of the investigation team which were so "professional" and thorough in their investigations charged these corrupt officers yet; they did not see it fit to charge the officers for your alleged report of missing monies. I am no rocket scientist or investigator but in the three officers none are that short 5.7 or that fat, they could not have gotten shorter five years later.
        So a 5.7 ft police officer found this $6800 in your purse he was a bit chubby, or slightly overweight in your quoted words, so low and behold three officers gets charged, called corrupt, and played in the public domain to be tried before their trial, so let's forget my previous description and let's just says it's one of the three officers. The public will be quick to agree and find them guilty because they are already under the microscope....bloggers will believe the story no matter what and their so called colleagues will believe.
        Something wrong with your story lady, I know u want back your 30k but,
        • Hmmmm (11/08/2016, 07:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          But J.A they could of lost weight. She need to see their pictures. Maybe she looking at De other Cop this thing more than three.
    • SUSS (10/08/2016, 13:47) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
      I don't believe her if she have so murch money and her were the hell she going stay homeand do thinhs with that money she lie
    • Slightly over weight (10/08/2016, 17:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Pin the tail on a donkey 5.7 slightly over weight means u looking at a fat police or chubby of the three police officers which can be described as chubby or slightly over weight and looking at all three the shortest one amongst is about 5.11.
      Not because three officers in problems you are going to pin it on them come on now. Do some investigations.
    • To just because (10/08/2016, 18:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      She was saying that before the officers were arrested. We were living in prison together and we spoke everyday. She is consistent with the amount and her story! You who are defending eating from the money. Plus she promised me some of it, so I want them to give it back to her so I could get my share.
  • wize up (10/08/2016, 09:28) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    These guys knowingly and deliberately takes dope; these guys knowingly and purposely take cash and then intentionally converts the dope and cash into property for themselves and all of this being done will executing lawful duties BUT you have some among us trying desperately to defend this level of misconduct and think it will be swept under the is is the sad thing(complaining to the police about the police; it's like putting the rat to watch the cheese)...."talk that" because I know talk that talk is cheap(face the facts; a set of dirty pigs out there in the territory) glad to see the person have spoke out on this issue
  • bvi to the bone (10/08/2016, 09:31) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Corruption to the fullest the entire police force needs to be cleanse fustration leads to persons actions
  • Truth (10/08/2016, 10:04) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    This been happening for a long time, and they extort money from people. But when you going prison and going get deported they know that you wont have a say and thief the money. There are cops out there that take pay offs its been happening for years, it will only get worse cause you all gone and hire a set of Jamaican Police who just trying to get their hands on money. The court is another problem, files disappearing and stuff on files missing and clerks getting paid too. Ayo talk that.
  • i from here (10/08/2016, 10:18) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    All this was done under Reynell Fraser watch!
    • @i from here (10/08/2016, 12:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      That's why he wanted background checks on them.
      • wize up (10/08/2016, 14:32) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ I from here...remember a set of them shows up to this territory with forged documents....a few years back one young man was working at the port and used his brother's documents to secure that job.....persons entering the territory should be finger printed like when you enter down town st thomas....understand this; having a set of criminals in charge of your national security is a signal that our leaders is very poor...who vex vex!!!
  • Hmmm (10/08/2016, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    Where is the police chief? Vacation already?
    • wize up (10/08/2016, 12:08) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Hmmmm: the other one should have been investigated as well and charge for neglect of his duty....if the small craft have the ability to engage in this level of mistrust one can only imagine what the higher ups could be doing(poor black brother will always become the fall guy)....just saying and have no problem saying so because who was supervising these guys ????
  • Truth (10/08/2016, 12:42) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    both the police and the NDP are corrupt
  • Lady (10/08/2016, 17:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just because she is not from here the police can do what they want when they want ? s****
  • fact (10/08/2016, 17:39) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    D DA rat got the cat cheese
    • Really!!! (10/08/2016, 19:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Is he 5'7 black and overweight? Stupes. I know several more who fit that description but its not any of the three who in things now.
  • Really (10/08/2016, 19:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Question, only 3 police were working in that department? So everything going get blamed on them? Who was the Inspector? Who was the Chief Inspector? Who counted the money? Who else were on duty? Customs? Immigration? I would like to know how in the hell these events can happen without ALL the higher ups not having a clue!
    • wize up (10/08/2016, 21:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ really....that's why I said the one gentleman should also be investigated because he was in charge but he escaped and gone to chill out in America: the other chap hiding out because he working for the prosecution and willing to talk most things in exchange for freedom but I know the upholder is just as bad as the theif; the one in witness protection should also be facing criminal charges like the others....
  • Natty Dread (10/08/2016, 19:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

    That's the best of some of you, just wait for a negative article to appear on line to come and blogged all the negatives and show all the hatred for the lawmen. Once is a story about police them you will see all the hatred for them. Come on people, irrespective of how bad some of them are, they are the ones who protect us on a daily basis, they are human and make mistakes just like any of us. There are always two sides to a story. That woman came in here not through a proper channel, but was later found with over $30,000 could not give any viable explanation of how she come by the money, automatically the crown can argue that she has proceeds of criminal conduct and then that money will be forfeited to the crown, so what money she wants back. Stop the hating on the police them.

    • wize up (11/08/2016, 06:04) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ natty dread....what!!! natty dread here defending dirty babylon; here we have a set of persons who took an oath to execute the laws of this territory that are accused of wrong doing and the natty dread defending...natty dread,we are not talking about one isolated incident these beast boys confiscated dope and money from others as well then intentionally converted those proceeds for their own personal gain: here is the issue; the same laws they swore to uphold are the laws they breaking....there is no special law in this BVI for police, the laws are applicable for one and all of us: as a police while on duty and you have reason to confiscate anything there are set procedure that should be adhered to(does items must go into the police lockup/evidence room) that is the laws of this land: taking that evidence is wrong or violating any of the police procedures is also wrong: any which way to want to twist and turn the matter it is wrong.....the laws of this territory are for the thief also the police!!!!!
  • Szar (10/08/2016, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fools don't keep their money for long.
  • Truth (10/08/2016, 21:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The police have a couple hundred for me that I have been fighting to get back and the officer that received it took it and went on vacation and they were not penalised for it. This happens all too often with the police but them Quick to lock us up
  • Truthful but foolish.. (11/08/2016, 07:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I believe her but she is a fool. U have that kind of money in your House. It only cost $1,000.00 to install a home video camera. She ought to know that's the kind of money people will Rob u and kill u for. People with that kind of money in your house please get home security cameras hooked up.
  • not me (11/08/2016, 08:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wasnt debating nothing with them dudes, they could of kept the money I was returning for something else.
    what you gonna spend when you done dead #keepplayingwithpeople

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