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Barber Who Ordered 21 iPhones On Another’s Cell Phone Charged With Importing Stolen Goods

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Thomas said today that Raphi Joseph has been arrested on a complaint charging him with transportation of stolen goods, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents unsealed today, the United States Postal Inspection Service was previously alerted that an unknown person had logged into a victim’s cellular phone account without the victim’s permission.

Raphi Joseph on Facebook

The perpetrator then ordered an iPhone to be mailed to the Virgin Islands. Raphi Joseph is alleged to have inquired about the package at the post office in St. Thomas.

Further investigation identified more than 20 additional fraudulently-obtained cell phones being sent to Joseph in the U.S. Virgin Islands in various packages.

On Facebook, Joseph said he works as a barber in Charlotte Amalie.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Brooks.

Shappert said that a criminal complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” she said.

HE THINK HE SLICK: Raphi Joseph on Facebook
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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