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US DOL’s Gerri Fiala WASHINGTON – The Virgin Islands is one of only two jurisdictions in the country to be formally sanctioned by the federal government for failure to meet agreed performance records in job training, the V.I. Free Press has learned. Compounding the news is the fact that the

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U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe CHARLOTTE AMALIE – U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said that his office collected $11,466,944.35 in the fiscal year ending September 30. Of this amount, $11,242,164.77 was collected in criminal cases and $224,779.58 was collected in civil cases. Additionally, Virgin Islands U.S. Attorney’s Office worked with other offices

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WILLEMSTED – Three members of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and one former member were arrested by Curacao authorities Wednesday following a corruption investigation on the island. The four men are suspected of providing assistance to criminals involved in drug trafficking and face charges that include corruption, money laundering and

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Judge J. Paul Oetken CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The Virgin Islands urged the Second Circuit this month to affirm a New York district court’s dismissal of an $84 million tax refund suit filed by an oil refinery, saying that its tax laws are distinct and it has exclusive jurisdiction over such

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JACKSONVILLE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and military partners supporting Joint Interagency Task Force South, including the U.S. Coast Guard, thwarted an attempt by drug traffickers to transport over 690 pounds of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea. Joint Interagency Task Force South oversees

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SAN JUAN — U.S. Coast Guard rescue teams are combing the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico in search of a Chilean man reported missing from a cargo vessel traveling through our region. Coast Guard officials say the missing man was identified as Luis Leyva Aliaga, 62, a first engineer aboard

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PHILLIPSBURG – The investigation of three Syrian nationals who were arrested on Sint Maarten ten days ago continues, according to Dutch authorities. The three men traveled into Sint Maarten using false Greek passports and identity cards. They have not asked for asylum. Using false travel documents is a crime punishable

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PHILLIPSBURG – Three Syrians traveling with fake Greek passports are being held in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, authorities said, while officials in the Central American nation of Honduras reported detaining a Syrian and two Pakistanis traveling by bus Saturday. The St. Maarten public prosecutor’s office said that

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MASTERMIND: Yamini Potter of St. Thomas CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Two Virgin Islanders – a 29-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were sentenced to thirty days in prison to one year in prison by a federal judge in St. Thomas for impersonating FBI agents, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Yamini

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Ernice Gilbert with Robert Shrader of Monarch Energy on YouTube CHRISTIANSTED – St. Croix oil refinery HOVENSA LLC has asked a bankruptcy judge to block a bid by its rival Monarch Energy Partners to acquire the debtor’s shuttered refining facility in St. Croix for $40 million, saying Monarch is attempting

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