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Man Stole Check From Cancer Charity To Pay For Print Job

CHRISTIANSTED A St. Croix man who allegedly stole a check from a cancer charity to pay for his own personal printing job has been placed under arrest, authorities said.

Noel Chaparro, 33, surrendered to detectives with the VIPD Economic Crimes Unit at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Chaparro was served with a warrant for his arrest at that time and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, forgery and grand larceny, according to the VIPD.  

“On January 13, 2021, Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed on December 23, 2020, Noel Chaparro stole a check belonging to Ribbons for A Cure, which was written out to the order of WSTX,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said. “He then added his name on the check, then used the check to pay House of Printings for items he purchased.”

The comments on social media today about Chaparro’s arrest were not particularly kind or constructive.

“Wow really rastaman go and plant some some we’d and sell with ur nonsense,” Jeffrey Winston said on Facebook.  

“I  tell u them vegas dangerous on St. Croix meh-son.” Jorge Acevedo said.

Bail for Chaparro was set at $20,000.00. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing scheduled for today. 

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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VIDOJ Employees Donate $350 To Ribbons For A Cure Cancer Non-Profit Organization

KINGSHILL — Virgin Islands Department of Justice employees delivered a check for $350 to Ribbons For A Cure on St. Croix. The cancer financial assistance program aims to provide cancer outreach and support in the community through education and awareness initiatives.

“2020 and 2021 has been challenging years for everyone on so many levels, both personal and business,” Attorney General Denise George said. “Thanks to the outstanding team of dedicated employees of the DOJ on St. Croix, they were eager to support the cause with a collection from the staff. They were extremely honored to present this check for $350 to the Ribbons for a cure program. The team proudly wore t-shirts with the words brightly printed ‘ROAR for a CURE!”

Ribbons for a cure, established in April 2017 as a non-profit organization in the U.S. Virgin Islands aims to fully educate the U.S. Virgin Islands population on the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of all types of cancers so that early detection can help save lives.

The Financial Assistance Program is available to cancer patients and survivors who have resided in the U.S. Virgin Islands permanently for the past five years.

Assistance is awarded to cancer patients based on the availability of funds, which can be used to cover payments for cancer-related prescription medication and diagnostic testing or CT scans.

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