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Golden Grove Prison Guard Abdul Robinson Sentenced to 1.5 Years In Jail For Selling Inmate A Cell Phone


CHRISTIANSTED – A former St. Croix prison guard who sold cell phones to inmates in prison has been given one and a half years in prison by a federal judge for admitting to selling inmates cell phones at a profit.

Abdul Robinson, 39, of St. Croix was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Monday, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.

Robinson, a former Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility guard working for the V.I. Bureau of Corrections, got six months in prison for providing contraband in prison and one year in prison for the territorial offense of conflict of interest, according to Hewlett.

Judge Lewis ordered Robinson to serve the one year sentence after the six-month sentence, and also ordered him to serve one year of supervised release and pay a fine of $500 and a special assessment of $25.

On September 20, 2016, Robinson pleaded guilty to providing contraband in prison and conflict of interest. According to documents filed in court, on April 5, 2013,

Robinson received a cellular telephone along with $100 from an undercover agent and agreed to deliver the telephone to an inmate at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

Robinson delivered the telephone inside the prison. At the time of the event, Robinson was employed as a Corrections Officer with the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

Prosecutors said Robinson used his position of authority at the prison to smuggle cell phones into the notoriously-lax facility in violation of the rules and then profited by selling the phones to inmates and making un-taxable black market cash money.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso G. 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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