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Brice Todman Gets A Half Year In Prison For Bringing Four Illegals To St. John

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. John man was given a half year in prison today by a federal judge for admitting to bringing four illegal migrants into the territory.

Brice Todman, 36, of Cruz Bay, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas for bringing illegal aliens into the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Todman to six months incarceration followed by three years supervised release, according to Shappert.

Judge Gomez ordered that Todman pay a $100 special assessment, forfeit the $4,000 paid to him by the illegal aliens and the vessel used to bring the illegal aliens into the Virgin Islands.

According, to court documents, on October 21, 2018 at approximately 9:00 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) apprehended a Virgin Islands-registered vessel in the area of North Haulover Bay, St. John after agents observed that the vessel was operating with no lights.

When AMO agents stopped the vessel, they observed five male individuals on board.

Todman was identified as the captain and the other four male individuals were from the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Venezuela and did not have permission to be in the United States.

Two of the four illegal aliens admitted to agents that they had paid Todman $1,000 to transport them from Tortola, BVI to St. John.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s Air and Marine Unit (AMO).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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