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FINANCE COMMISSIONER: Cash Will No Longer Be Accepted For GERS Payments

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     Finance’s Valdamier Collens

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Cash is no longer king with the Virgin Islands government.

At least when it comes to government employees paying into their insurance fund.

Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens said today that cash will no longer be accepted accepted at Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Collens, who is the custodian of the Government Insurance Fund by virtue of his position as Finance Commissioner, said that “effective immediately, cash payments for the Worker’s Compensation Insurance premium will no longer be accepted at the Office of Government Insurance Fund in the St. Thomas and St. Croix districts.”

“Accepted forms of payment are personal or cashier’s check, money orders, and credit cards,” he said. “The department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and your cooperation is appreciated.”

Questions about the change in policy should be directed to Marion Thomas Hewitt, Director of the Government Insurance Fund Office, at (340) 774-4750 ext. 2255.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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