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BVI Regular Kevin Greaves Caught With $118,000 Cash In Two Dufflebags

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Kevin Greaves in handcuffs in BVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment on November 5 charging Kevin Greaves, 43, of St. Thomas, with bulk cash smuggling, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

Greaves was arrested on August 22 and was released on home confinement with electronic monitoring after posting a $25,000.00 cash bond pending trial. His arraignment and advice of rights on the indictment were scheduled to occur today.

According to the indictment and court documents, Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents were conducting surveillance in the East End area of St. John when they observed Greaves approach a vessel that had signaled its arrival from Tortola, BVI, to Greaves at an area overlooking Haulover Bay, St. John.

Greaves traveled from the lookout area to Haulover Bay, met with the occupants of the vessel, then departed after a brief encounter. HSI agents followed Greaves to the Pine Peace area where they stopped him and questioned him about his travels. Greaves told agents that he went to Haulover Bay to discuss a welding job with a mechanic.

Agents conducted a search of Greaves’ vehicle and found two duffle bags containing $118,000.00 cash in United States currency.

Greaves was arrested and charged with failure to declare the currency after it arrived in the United States Virgin Islands from a place outside the United States.

Sharpe said that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” he said.

The case is being investigated by HSI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Delia Smith.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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