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Prison Guard Abdul Robinson, Who Sold Cell Phones To Inmates, Pleads Guilty In Federal Court


GUILTY PLEA: Abdul Robinson

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man told a federal judge that he tried to sell prison inmates cellular phones while he was a guard there, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Abdul Robinson,39, pleaded guilty today in federal court on St. Croix to providing contraband in prison and conflict of interest charges, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

On April 5, 2013, Robinson, then a correction officer at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility, received a cellular telephone along with $100 from an undercover agent and agreed to deliver the telephone to an inmate housed at the facility.

He delivered the telephone to the inmate who, unbeknownst to Robinson, was working as a government informant. It was contrary to Robinson’s duty to allow an inmate to possess contraband such as a cellular telephone or to deliver contraband to inmates.

Robinson faces up to one year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000 for the offense of providing contraband in prison. He also faces a mandatory minimum period of imprisonment of one year up to a maximum of five years plus a fine of up to $5,000 for the conflict of interest offense. A sentencing date has been set for January 19, 2017.

He is one of five V.I. Corrections Bureau officers accused of smuggling contraband into the Golden Grove prison to be charged by the U.S. Department of Justice, following a multi-year investigation.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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