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Enterprising Convict Arrested For Applying For A Straight Job With False Work History

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                         Tashimo Scatliffe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 33-year-old St. Thomas man who pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court on Monday was arrested two days later for trying to hide his criminal history from a potential employer, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Tashimo Scatliffe of Contant was arrested at 3:58 p.m Wednesday and charged with mutilation and destruction of records other than public officers, the VIPD said.

Scatliffe was charged with the crime after he obtained a copy of his police record from the VIPD and altered it by deleting his criminal history, according to police. He also copied and pasted other information onto his records.

Scatliffe attempted to seek employment with Pueblo Supermarket by presenting them with the altered copy of his records.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 2, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers responded to the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community after receiving a complaint from Building 7 regarding a domestic disturbance.

Upon arrival, officers observed Scatliffe leaving Building 7, and were notified that Scatliffe had a firearm. Further investigation by the VIPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) resulted in the retrieval of a firearm and casing in the area, a determination that the casing was fired from the firearm, and the finding of Scatliffe’s DNA on the firearm.

Scatliffe was convicted in the Superior Court of first-degree assault-larceny for an August 2006 incident in which he stole $300 cash, earphones and an iPod from another man in Bovoni.

Scatliffe faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the federal gun charge.

His sentencing is scheduled for February 18, 2016.

Unable to post bail Scatliffe was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections, pending an Advice of Rights hearing.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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