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St. Thomas’ Steven Lewis Gets One Year In Prison From Federal Judge For Bringing In Indian Illegals

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man who admitted to trafficking illegal aliens from India was given one year in prison today.

Steven Lewis, 57, of St. Thomas, was sentenced for conspiracy to traffic illegal aliens, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Lewis to 12 months and one day in prison.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Lewis to three years of supervised release, ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 400 hours of community service.

On October 31, 2017, Lewis pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to bring in and harbor illegal aliens in the United States. According to documents filed in court, Lewis and others assisted Indian nationals traveling from India to enter the United States illegally.

The Indian nationals traveled from India to St. Kitts and then boarded commercial flights to Tortola, British Virgin

Once in Tortola, they were transported by boat to St. Thomas, where arrangements were made to transport them to the mainland United States.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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