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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix woman accused of working with nine co-conspirators in a tax fraud scheme that scammed people across the territory out of about $400,000 was convicted on multiple charges in U.S. District Court yesterday. After a six-day jury trial, Jacinta Gussie, 58, of Frederiksted, was found guilty of

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix woman who stole more than $40,000 in other people’s U.S. Virgin Islands income tax refunds has been given a sentence of less than one year in prison, authorities said. Sheba Rashida Young, 44, of St. Croix, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to ten months

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CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix woman convicted of stealing at least $65,000 through a tax fraud scheme she concocted with nine others will serve one year in prison, authorities said. Sylvia Benjamin, 41, of Frederiksted, was sentenced in federal court on Friday to twelve months of incarceration, followed by three

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CHRISTIANSTED — An eighth woman has pleaded guilty in an all-female, multi-level tax fraud scheme hatched in the territory, authorities said. Joanne Benjamin, 41, from the Virgin Islands pled guilty in federal court on March 11, 2021 to conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gretchen C.F. Shappert, United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands, and Tyler R. Hatcher, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Miami Field Office, made the announcement today in an effort to prevent taxpayers from falling victim to criminals engaged

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Two St. Croix women were given 1.75 years in prison for stealing at least $50,000 in a fraudulent income tax refund scheme between 2010 and 2011, authorities said. Nisha Brathwaite, 39, and Darleen Thompson, 38, each of St. Croix, were sentenced last Thursday and Friday, respectively for

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CHRISTIANSTED — After a five-day trial, a federal jury today found Patricia Henry, 52, of St. Croix, guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Henry faces up to 10 years in prison on the conviction plus a fine of up to $250,000. According

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. District Court Judge Robert Molloy sentenced former Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Anne Golden to two years in prison on Thursday for her role in stealing nearly $300,000 for luxury trips and extravagant shopping sprees — all paid for with taxpayer funds. The 24-month

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CHRISTIANSTED — United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Nisha Brathwaite, 38, and Darlene Thompson, 37, both from the Virgin Islands and living on the mainland United States pled guilty on January 21, 2020 and January 24, 2020, respectively, to conspiracy to defraud the United States. According to

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