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2nd St. Croix Woman Charged In Theft $4K From Old Woman’s Credit Card

FREDERIKSTED — The second of two St. Croix women charged with stealing $4,000 from an elderly woman’s credit card was arrested recently, authorities said.

Detectives of the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit arrested Marjorie Harry, 46, on a bench warrant for aggravated identity theft, forgery, obtaining money by false pretense, grand larceny, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

In June 2018, detectives initiated an investigation that revealed that Harry, along with her alleged co-conspirator Ivia Rivera, allegedly forged an elderly female’s signature on documents and split the stolen money between themselves, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Harry was set at $100,000. Unable to post bail, Harry was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

On December 6 at approximately 4:31 p.m., Detectives from the Virgin Islands Police Department’s Economic Crimes Unit and officers from the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative Unit VICI arrested the 26-year-old Rivera, charging her with aggravated identity theft, obtaining money by false pretense, grand larceny, and conspiracy. 

A police investigation revealed that Rivera, working as a teller in a St. Croix bank, was able to print out a temporary check in the amount of $4,000.00 under an association’s account, retrieved the victim’s driver’s license and cashed the check without the victim’s knowledge, the VIPD said.

Bail for Rivera was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

ARRESTED DECEMBER 6: Ivia Rivera, 26, on St. Croix
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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