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St. Croix’s Malik Morton Arrested For Allegedly Kiting 8 Checks: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A Grove Place man turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted for allegedly kiting eight checks, authorities said.

Malik Morton, 26, of Lorraine Village was arrested about 3:44 p.m. Monday and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, forgery, uttering or passing forged or counterfeited matters, possession of forged bills or notes, grand larceny, and identity theft, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

On April 5, 2018, detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed that Morton and three others used their true identities to cash a total of eight counterfeit checks using information from an account of a non-profit organization, according to the VIPD.

“Signatures were also forged on the counterfeited checks,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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