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Attorney General’s Office Cracks Down On Economic Crime … Eight Arrested And One Wanted

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FREDERIKSTED — Eight people were arrested by police — and one person is still wanted by authorities — for economic crimes, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Three of the recent arrests involved falsifying information and accepting or soliciting bribes at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on St. Croix, VIPD Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. said.

  • Mitchel Rochard, 36, was arrested and charged with Buying, Receiving or Possessing Stolen Property after he had in his possession property that was stolen from ABC Janitors missing.  Bail for Rochard was set at $10,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility.
  • Janice Isenberg- 67-year-old who is a former employee of Marquee Mortgage, she was arrested and charged with 15 counts of FORGERY, OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENSE, GRAND LARCENY, PASSING FORGED BILLS OR NOTES, EMBEZZLEMENT BY CLERKS, AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES, after she forged client signatures on money orders that were for mortgage client’s accounts and used their monies for her own personal use.  Her Bail was set at $35,000.00. Ms. Isenbeg was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility.
  • Natasha P. Hodge, 36, was arrested for Obtaining Money by False Pretense; Forgery; Identity Theft. Hodge was employed by a family to take care of their father. After reviewing the bank statements and observed several transactions which she did not authorize four checks totaling $10,500.00 which Hodge deposited into her account.  Bail was set at $35,000.00 and was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility.
  • Janie Roldan, 26, was arrested and  charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card Obtaining Money By False Pretense; Forging A False Obligation when she used a credit card without authorization and then forged the signature. Bail was set at $10,000.00 and was remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Center.
  • Christopher Riley, 24, was arrested and charged with Obtaining Money under False Pretense (3) counts, aggravated identity theft, Obtaining Credit Card Through Fraudulent Means, Receipt of Money Goods and Services Obtained By Fraudulent Use of Credit Card. Mr. Riley made several transactions at KMART, Urban Threads and an ATM Withdrawal that victim  did not authorize. Bail was set at $35,000.00, Mr. Riley was remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
  • Sham Malaykhan a 30-year-old former employee at Olympic Rent-A-Car is accused of stealing and cashing one of Olympic Rent-A-Car’s checks.  Malaykhan was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny and Obtaining Money by False Pretense.  Unable to post bail of $35,000.00 dollars, Malaykhan was remanded to the Golden grove Detention Facility.

Police said that two employees from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles were also arrested:

  • Juanita Cruz-Ayala,  47, and Joseph Murray, 51, and one non-employee 54-year-old Mario Ayala who owns a driving-school business.  They were each arrested and charged with Fraudulent Claims upon the Government, Uttering False Handwriting, Falsifying Driver’s License cards, Solicitation or receipts of Brides by Public Employees. All individuals Bail was set at $35,000.00.  Cruz-Ayala and Murray were remanded to the Golden Grove Detention Facility.

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Police said that they are looking for 55-year-old Rosa Diaz who is wanted on an arrest warrant for forgery.

Diaz is an Hispanic woman who weighs about 150 pounds and stands about 5-feet,4-inches tall and has black hair, brown eyes, with a light complexion.

Diaz is known to frequent the Castle Coakley area. If you come in contact with Rosa Diaz, please call The Economic Crime Bureau at (340) 773 2266 on STX on St. Thomas (340) 774-4629 or Crimestoppers VI at 1-800-222-TIPS or 911.

The Police Commissioner takes this opportunity to recognize Attorney General Claude Walker, his staff and the Commander and Detectives of the Economic Crime Bureau and the members of the Special Operations Bureau, for their efforts in bringing closure to the many cases assigned to them.

The VIPD is reminding the community that a crime is a crime and the department will continue to focus on all crimes in the territory, with the community’s cooperation.

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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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