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St. Croix’s Michael Delande Arrested For Kiting 2 Checks At Plaza Extra West: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man who learned that he is wanted for alleged incidents of check kiting has voluntarily turned himself in to police, authorities said.

Michael Delande, 27, of Strawberry Hill was arrested about 11:21 a.m. Sunday and charged with passing forged bills or notes; obtaining money by false pretenses; forgery; grand larceny and identity theft, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

On April 19, 2018, the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed that Delande cashed two counterfeit Virgin Islands Housing Authority checks totaling over $1,000 using his real identity in Plaza Extra West in Estate Plessen, according to the VIPD.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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