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Trinidadian ‘Barred For Life’ For Money Laundering, Pleads Guilty To Entering USA Illegally … In St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED — A Trinidad and Tobago national admitted in federal court that he illegally snuck back into the United States in St. Croix — after being previously deported for a money laundering conviction.

Christopher Alfred, 45, of Frederiksted pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock to re-entry of removed alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Alfred made the guilty plea to U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on or about June 2014, Alfred, an alien and citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, was deported from Miami, Florida after being convicted for money laundering.

Due to his prior conviction, he was barred for life from entering the United States. On or about January 11, 2018, Alfred was located in Frederiksted.

Before he was found in the United States, Alfred did not seek permission from the Attorney General to reapply for admission to the United States.

Alfred faces a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing date has been set for July 1, 2020.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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