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VIPD: Melissa Luz Ponce Arrested For Making Credit Card Purchases On Another Person’s Card

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man told police that his credit card was being used by someone who does not have his permission to do so.

On January 8, 2017, a man reported to the desk officer at the Ancilmo D. Marshall Police Command that he had lost his wallet and there were multiple unauthorized transactions made on his credit card.

An Investigation from the Detectives in the Economic Crime Unit showed that between January 5 and January 8, 2017, 19 transactions totaling the amount of $1,899.85 were fraudulently made at various businesses on St. Croix as well as online purchases. Through their investigation, the detectives were able to identify the individual making the transactions as Melissa Luz Ponce who resides in the D. Hamilton Jackson Terrace.

After Melissa Ponce confessed to the transactions, an arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands for the charges of Grand Larceny, Obtaining Money By False Pretense, Forgery, Identity Theft, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

On February 28, 2017, at approximately 1:00 p.m., 27 year-old Melissa Luz Ponce surrendered herself at the Ancilmo D. Marshall Police Command where Detectives from the Economic Crime Unit placed her under arrest.

Unable to post bail of $75,000 Ponce was transported to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility pending an Advice of Rights Hearing at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, located at Kingshill.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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