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April 20th, 2024
Hon Smith reaffirms VI’s position on fighting fraud & financial crimes

SCRUB ISLAND, VI - Deputy Premier and Minister for Financial Services, Labour, and Trade, Honourable Lorna G. Smith (AL), OBE on April 19, 2024, delivered the keynote address at the special 20th anniversary meeting and conference of ICC FraudNet.

March 30th, 2024
Woman gets community service for USVI fraudulent check scheme


CHRISTIANSTED, St Croix - A woman who pleaded guilty to obtaining money by false pretense has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service for each of the two years she spends on probation.

August 13th, 2023
USVI: 2 arrested in relation to $71K fraud scheme @Banco Popular


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Detectives from the Economic Crime Unit of the [US] VI Police Department on Friday, August 11, 2023, arrested two individuals, identified as Luis Arias Alvarez, 26, and Daymarie Roque-Guerrero, 21, on charges related to an elaborate scheme defrauding Banco Popular customers out of a total of $71,000.

July 16th, 2023
Woman extradited from US to St Croix on Fraud & Theft Charges


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Tatiana Rodriguez, 38, was extradited from Houston, Texas to the Virgin Islands to face charges related to fraud and grand larceny, the [US] VI Police Department reported Saturday, July 15, 2023.

March 22nd, 2023
HM Customs investigation: Police make another arrest without charges laid

PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI – As the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) continues its investigations into HM Customs on the direction of the United Kingdom (UK) retired judge Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, another person has been arrested but again had to be released with charges.

August 27th, 2022
Woman charged for using former employer to receive federal loans


FREDERIKSED, St. Croix, USVI — A St. Croix woman was arrested Friday at her current place of employment for allegedly using the business of a former employer to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, resulting in a financial loss of her former employer totaling $39,411.

August 10th, 2022
Hypocrisy? UK allows certain companies to not disclose beneficial owners

LONDON, United Kingdom (UK)- While trying to force Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to impose Public Registers of Beneficial Ownership, which could potentially cripple financial services, the United Kingdom (UK) has been allowing certain companies registered in its jurisdiction to not disclose its beneficial owners.

February 15th, 2022
BVIHSA Board ‘received no directive’ from Premier- Moleto A. Smith Jr

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) Mr Moleto A. Smith Jr has emphasised that the BVIHSA Board is very independent and never received any directives from Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to send two senior staff members home due to alleged irregularities.

February 7th, 2022
UPDATE: ER sickout protest continues with roughly 10 nurses, auxiliary staff

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Despite Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) stating he has not been informed officially of a sickout by medical staff of Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital’s Emergency Room (ER), the protest action has reportedly entered its fourth day, today, Monday, February 7, 2022.

January 7th, 2021
UPDATE: 4 dead, 52 arrested after Trump supporters storm US Capitol

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The world looked on in shock yesterday, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, when supporters of President Donald J. Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joseph R. Biden's election victory.

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