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Former RE/MAX Broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett Is Being Kept On Ice Over Concerns That Her Electronic Monitoring Bracelet Is Not Working … Accused Of Stealing Millions

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Former RE/MAX broker Rosemary Sauter-Frett, accused of embezzling millions of dollars from real estate clients in the early 2000’s, has been taken into local custody over security concerns, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.

Sauter-Frett has been incarcerated since late September and is one of two people in the territory on house arrest who still are in custody because of concerns that the electronic monitoring bracelets won’t work because of no electricity.

Sauter-Frett, 65, appeared in Superior Court yesterday for a hearing with Judge Denise Francois on an emergency motion filed by her public defender, Julie Todman, seeking her release before trial.

Todman said Sauter-Frett maintained contact with the court and was wearing a functional electronic ankle monitor that she could charge with a generator, but she was arrested on a warrant on Sept. 25 and has been in the custody of the V.I. Bureau of Corrections ever since.

Sauter-Frett is, according to Todman “the only person who was taken into custody” among her clients on house arrest and that the other person charges their ankle bracelet at the Marshal’s office because of no power at home.

Asst. Attorney General John Tolud said that that was not true and that Sauter-Frett is being treated fairly.

Electronic monitoring uses cellphone towers and depends on electrical service to charge the monitoring bracelets.

“In the absence of both, a decision was made to put all parties previously released on house arrest in the custody of the Bureau of Corrections until such time as cellphone service/signal was restored and monitoring is once again confirmed in their previously approved housing location,” Superior Court administrator Regina Petersen said.

Petersen said there were eight people under house arrest on St. Croix who were taken into custody and five in the St. Thomas-St. John district.

RE/MAX ACCUSED THIEF: Rosemary Sauter-Frett is accused of stealing millions of dollars in real estate earnest money in St. Thomas.

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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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