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Monies Donated To Community Foundation of Virgin Islands Used To Pay Mapp Staffers

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Money donated to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for hurricane recovery was used to pay staff employed by Governor Kenneth Mapp’s much-publicized Hurricane Recovery and
Resiliency Task Force.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) operates as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and, as such, wasn’t intended to be a slush fund for Mapp.

Yet that’s what the organization has become.

Earlier, Mapp directed funds from the nonprofit to commercial radio station owners and operators in violation of IRS rules governing the distribution of money from nonprofit disaster recovery funds.

The improper use of nonprofit funds raises serious questions, as the money was given by donors from across the country under the expectation that it would be used to help in hurricane recovery efforts.

Mapp established the 18-member Hurricane Recovery Task Force in October and the group’s final meeting was Tuesday at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on St. Thomas.

The Hurricane Recovery and Resiliency Task Force wrapped up its duties this week, although no report was produced by the staff.

The task force said a draft report will be released to the public on July 20.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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