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St. Croix Man, Already Sitting In Jail, Arrested For Passing Bad Checks: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — Detectives from the Virgin Islands Police Department Economic Crimes Unit arrested 26-year-old Akeem Stanley about 11:53 a.m. Thursday on charges related to passing bad checks.

Stantley was being detained at the Bureau Corrections for an unrelated matter and was arrested on a bench warrant for forgery, obtaining money by false pretenses, grand larceny, possession of forged bills, identity theft and uttering or passing forged or counterfeited matters, according to the VIPD.

In April 2018, a police investigation was launched, revealing that Stanley and three other suspects used their true identities to cash several counterfeit checks written on the accounts of two local businesses.

These checks were cashed at different locations on the island, the VIPD said.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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