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MAGISTRATE: Former St. John Resident Will Serve No Prison Time For USPS Postal Fraud

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A former St. John resident was not given any prison time by a federal magistrate for making hundreds of false damage claims to the United States Postal Service.

Shaquan Brodie, 21, formerly of St. John, was sentenced Wednesday on an information that charged him with making fraudulent insurance claims against the United States Postal Service, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller sentenced Brodie to three years probation and six months of home detention. Magistrate Miller also ordered Brodie to perform 80 hours of community service and pay $14,227.01 in restitution to the postal service.

According to court documents, Brodie filed 201 fraudulent claims for insurance against the postal service totaling in excess of $47,000.

Brodie represented to the postal service that the items were either lost, stolen or damaged when he knew that his claims were false. The postal service paid Brodie $14,227.01 on his fraudulent claims.

This case was investigated by the USPS-Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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