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KING OF FRAUD! VIPD Officer Charged By Feds With ‘Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, Grand Larceny, Forgery’

CHRISTIANSTED — A Virgin Islands Police Department officer was charged today with eight federal criminal charges after he was accused of stealing almost $25,000 in a bank fraud scheme.

Yomont King has been charged with four counts of bank fraud, grand larceny, aggravated identity theft, and two counts of forgery, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

The VIPD’s Yomont King

King, 28, made his initial appearance in federal court today in Estate Golden Rock, St. Croix. 

According to the indictment, King defrauded one bank by depositing a $10,990 loan check intended for a third party into his own personal bank account on multiple occasions.

In another instance, according to the charging document, King forged checks totaling $2,800 and deposited them into his own personal bank account. 

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department Economic Crimes Unit.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Brooks.

A criminal indictment is merely a formal charging document, and it is not in and of itself evidence of guilt, according to Shappert.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” she said.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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.

2 Comments

  1. Erman
    September 20, 2019 at 10:34 PM — Reply

    That’s not king

  2. Zjack Cousteau
    September 21, 2019 at 1:22 AM — Reply

    This is too funny….NumbNut used the app to show an aged picture of him which you deliberately used. Haha..!

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