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St. Thomas’ Clement Bougouneau Charged In Banco Popular Bank Burglary

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man is accused of entering a local bank and taking things from it when it was closed for business.

Clement Bougouneau, 51, of St. Thomas, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on Monday, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Bougouneau is charged with having committed bank burglary and larceny from Banco Popular de Puerto Rico on September 4, 2017.

According to court documents, he allegedly entered the bank and stole in excess of $ 1,000 in property and money.

If convicted, Bougouneau faces up to twenty years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.

Shappert said a crimincal information filing is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty,” she said.

Banco Popular is based out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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