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Detectives Fly To Orlando To Collect St. Croix Woman Who Wrote 2 Bad Checks: VIPD

ORLANDO — Police detectives of the Economic Crimes Unit said they needed to travel to central Florida to personally arrest a St. Croix woman for allegedly kiting two checks totaling $10,000.

Bernadette Gordon-Rivera, 36, of Estate Profit, was arrested and extradited on a warrant for drawing and delivering worthless checks, obtaining money by false pretenses, and grand larceny, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Bernadette Gordon-Rivera, 36, of Estate Profit, St. Croix.

“Investigation revealed that two years ago, Gordon-Rivera wrote two checks from her closed Bank of St. Croix account, which she deposited into her Banco Popular account and withdrew over $10,000 before the checks were returned for insufficient funds,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Gordon-Rivera was set at $50,000.  Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

“Maybe it’s just me but they actually spent money to go get her for bad checks but what happen to the rapist, Pedifilers and murders that they don’t go collect? Just asking,” Carmelia Williams said on Facebook tonight.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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