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Nyron Erickson may walk free in USVI due to insufficient evidence

Nyron Erickson, who is accused of money laundering and cash smuggling and was extradited from the [British] Virgin Islands to stand trial in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on federal charges, might soon walk free after prosecutors moved to dismiss the indictment. Photo: Team of Reporters
Around 5:00 PM on February 27, 2023, Mr Nyron Erickson was taken by US authorities via helicopter from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. Photo: Team of Reporters
Around 5:00 PM on February 27, 2023, Mr Nyron Erickson was taken by US authorities via helicopter from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport. Photo: Team of Reporters

A man accused of money laundering and cash smuggling who was extradited from the [British] Virgin Islands to stand trial in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on federal charges, might soon walk free after prosecutors moved to dismiss the indictment.

The trial of Nyron Erickson was supposed to begin on Tuesday, August 22, 2023; however, in a motion filed last week, the US Attorney’s Office indicated that the evidence available to prosecutors “would not permit a properly instructed jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.”

Although the August 17 motion stated that opposing counsel had no objections, Erickson’s defense team did take exception to the attempt to dismiss, saying that unless prosecutors clearly indicate that the charges will not be refiled, the court must reject the move.

Despite reportedly agreeing to dismiss the charges “with prejudice” during a telephone conversation with defense attorneys, the official motion from prosecutors did not speak to whether the proposed dismissal order would be with or without prejudice. With no clarifying information before the court, the defense then laid out their argument for why the case should be dismissed with prejudice.

A case dismissed with prejudice means it cannot be brought again on the same claim. Likewise, a case dismissed without prejudice means that while the case is dismissed, it can be refiled.

'Limited evidence'

Erickson’s named co-defendants, Akil Erickson and Mikiel Robin, were both arrested in October 2018 after authorities found them with undeclared cash after arriving from Tortola by ferry. In August 2020, Nyron Erickson turned himself in to police in the [British] Virgin Islands in connection with allegations of an international money laundering conspiracy. After a lengthy legal battle, he was extradited to the US in February 2023. 

However, his defense counsel notes that the prosecution's limited evidence against their client was not able to be presented in court because the relevant witness could not be located. Even if the alleged co-conspirator could be brought to court, Erickson’s lawyers argued that his statement still may not be admissible evidence.  The second piece of evidence against Erickson, a text message purportedly sent by him to Akil, was also dubious, argued the defense.

With prosecutors now having had years to prepare their case against Erickson with little success, the defense argues that if the charges are dismissed, they must be gone forever. Allowing prosecutors to refile at a later date would be harassment, as that would “only serve the purpose of extending Nyron Erickson’s anxiety that the force and weight of the United States Government will again be used to attempt to convict him of crimes with evidence that it failed to obtain in its first bite at the apple and likely will never be able to obtain.”

The court has ordered the government to file a response to the motion by Thursday, August 24, 2023.

The case against Akil Erickson and Mikiel Robin was dismissed by the court in June 2020 after District Court Judge Robert Molloy found that prosecutors had deliberately dragged their feet on bringing the matter to trial. The charges against the two men were dismissed with prejudice.

24 Responses to “Nyron Erickson may walk free in USVI due to insufficient evidence”

  • Lawsuit (23/08/2023, 09:42) Like (22) Dislike (19) Reply
    Sue them big !
  • Head Coach (23/08/2023, 09:49) Like (8) Dislike (13) Reply
    hope to see you soon with prejudice
  • 2023 (23/08/2023, 09:59) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    insufficient evidence: when the same matter happens here some folks jump on the DPP

    Prosecutors are not the ones executing the investigations; the Police Department conducts investigations

  • w (23/08/2023, 10:08) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well the sanģoman get paid
  • WOW (23/08/2023, 10:14) Like (15) Dislike (18) Reply
    GOD is so GOOD! LETS GO!
  • jack (23/08/2023, 10:16) Like (24) Dislike (29) Reply
    Just like Andrew Fahie will walk free
    • @ Jack (23/08/2023, 11:38) Like (41) Dislike (13) Reply
      In or out,shackled or unshackled, Andrew Fahie will forever be bounded and disgraced..
      He can never ever be free.
    • Guest (23/08/2023, 13:29) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Jack. In Andrew Fahie's case, he will still need to explain to the BVI Public what he was doing down at Opa Locka. The reputational damage is too much for him to overcome at this stage.
  • Training Day (23/08/2023, 11:03) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    it's not what you know it's what you can prove
  • Johy (23/08/2023, 11:11) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    But if Andrew walks free then he can sue also but let's wait and see
  • From jail bird (23/08/2023, 12:22) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    to free as a bird
  • Can Can (23/08/2023, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Moon light run daylight ______€
  • vi (23/08/2023, 14:37) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    They putting them out to catch the bigger ones
  • VINCY MAN (23/08/2023, 16:00) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    Somebody sell out
  • street reporter. (23/08/2023, 16:11) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Seems to me like he has switch.. Hard to believe they work so hard to get him extradited then set him free.. I smell a Rat. A big one..
    • .. (23/08/2023, 19:01) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Money laundering is basically trying to clean dirty money. You have to prove the money was dirty to begin with and he was trying to clean it.

      When it comes to conspiring to bulk cash smuggling, he can be found guilty but the men who did the act had their cases dropped. So then who did Nyron conspire with?

    • 6ix (24/08/2023, 07:02) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Now I see y'all have no sense. From the us to the vi b4 he got sent up we know he was coming out.
      They never charged the other two so how can you charge the person that was not caught in the act.
      Where is you getting the evidence to do so?
      Free Tola Boss!
  • london bridge (23/08/2023, 20:26) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    homeboy probably done spill his guts to DEA; Scotland Yard; FBI and all the law enforcement agencies along the way…..what happens when he returns to BVI
  • vi (23/08/2023, 20:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    God don't sleep
  • Truth (24/08/2023, 05:28) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    They never had anything solid on him to take away his freedom for so many years, they tried to break that man and he stayed strong. I salute you young blood. Stay safe and do positive when you get home.
  • TO WHOM (24/08/2023, 08:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    it may concern , ( iniquity ) seems to be rampant here and those who take part in it , it's going to come back to haunt you and your offsprings ,so take warning . Now ( miracles ) some believe in it and some don't , but we all know that accidents will happen , and others say ( anything ) is possible , so for those who believe that nyro &
  • WOW (24/08/2023, 09:11) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    So they make a whole parade out of arresting him to don’t have no evidence?
  • Look Chubble (28/08/2023, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    west is the best.

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