Tag: U.S. Department of Justice

Official Says Puerto Rico’s Senate Targeted By Cyberattack

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s Senate announced Wednesday that it was the target of a cyberattack that disabled its internet provider, phone system and official online page, the latest in a string of similar incidents in recent years. Senate President José Luis Dalmau said in a statement that there is no evidence that hackers were […]

Puerto Rico Mayor Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes For Millions In Municipal Contracts

SAN JUAN — A mayor pleaded guilty yesterday to engaging in a bribery scheme in which he received cash payments in exchange for awarding Puerto Rico municipal contracts to an unnamed company (Company A). Meanwhile, a Puerto Rico contractor was arrested today for allegedly paying bribes and kickbacks to the mayor. Felix Delgado-Montalvo, 40, was […]

St. Croix Senator Wants Justice Probe Into WAPA’s Shady VITOL Contract

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Following the release of a report detailing more than $113 million in cost overruns on a Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority project promised to reduce energy bills, Senator Kenneth Gittens is calling for further investigation of all parties involved in the now infamous VITOL contract. The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General […]

VIDOJ Gets $400,000 Award From Feds To Track Sex Offenders In The USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in support of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The award from the DOJ’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) supports […]

Feds Give $125,520 For Substance Abuse Treatment For USVI Prisoners

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that the Virgin Islands Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) has received a $125,520 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in support of residential substance abuse treatment for state/territorial prisoners. The award from the Bureau of Justice Assistance supports the vital work of the U.S. Virgin […]

Feds Sue Limetree Bay In U.S. District Court Saying It Presents ‘Clear And Imminent’ Danger To Public Health, Environment

CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filed a complaint in federal court on Monday against Limetree Bay saying that the St. Croix petroleum refinery presents “an imminent and substantial danger to public health and the environment.” In a stipulation filed simultaneously with the complaint that […]

Dominica Native Fighting Extradition To The USVI On Murder Charges Denied Bail

ROSEAU — A Dominica native who allegedly fled murder charges in the U.S. Virgin Islands five years ago, has been denied bail in his home country because the court said he posed “a flight risk” again. Kennison Charles, of Grand Bay, Dominica, is fighting extradition to the territory on charges of first-degree murder and illegal […]

Lisa Rene’s Convicted Killer-Rapist Orlando Hall Loses Late Appeal, Condemned To Die In Indiana In 17 Days

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — A federal prisoner scheduled for execution in just over two weeks for the 1994 kidnapping and murder of a St. Croix teenage girl lost a federal appeal case on Friday. Orlando Cordia Hall, 49, was convicted on multiple charges in the kidnapping, rape and killing of 16-year-old Lisa Rene. A three-judge […]

Arkansas Killer of 16-Year-Old St. Croix Student Lisa Rene Has Execution Date Set

ARLINGTON — A Texas death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping and killing a St. Croix teenager in 1994 has received a federal execution date in November, authorities said. If the state-sanctioned killing of Orlando Hall goes ahead as scheduled, he would be the eighth person executed this year as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions. […]