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Woman Arrested Who Stole $15K From Alzheimer’s Victim To Buy Car

CHRISTIANSTED  A St. Croix woman who stole $15,000 from an Alzheimer’s patient to buy a new car was arrested, authorities said.

Frances McIntosh, 59, of Catherine’s Rest, was arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretense, grand larceny, and financial exploitation of an elderly person or dependent adult, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.  

Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into the business dealings of Frances McIntosh on June 8, 2021, according to the VIPD.

“The investigation revealed that Frances McIntosh misappropriated $15,000.00 dollars from an elderly female, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, some of the funds were used to purchase a vehicle,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said.

On June 1, 2022, at 11:37 a.m., Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit executed an arrest warrant at Plot 17-H Catherine’s Rest, where Frances McIntosh was placed under arrest without incident. 

The bail was set at $20,000 dollars for the alleged crime. Unable to post bail, Frances McIntosh was remanded to the Bureau of Adult Corrections Facility pending, Advice of Rights Hearing scheduled for Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. 

If you are a victim affected by fraud or know someone who is committing illegal fraudulent activities call the Economic Crime Unit (ECU) call 340-513-3780 or 911

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Woman Arrested For Forging Brother’s Signature To Sell Property: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED A St. Croix woman who owned an industrial-zoned property jointly with her sibling was arrested for selling it without his permission, authorities said.

Marjorie Harry, 49, was arrested and charged with forgery, obtaining money by false pretense, grand larceny and filing or recording forged instruments, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.   

Detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit began an investigation on September 2, 2021 involving forgery based on a complaint, according to the VIPD.

“The investigation revealed that sometime in March of 2021, Marjorie Harry forged her brother’s signature on a Warranty Deed and sold his property located at #90 Estate Castle Coakley, to a male individual who works for DVD Construction, Inc. for $125.000.00, without his knowledge,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said.

On June 1, 2022, at around 3:06p.m., detectives from the Virgin Islands Police Department Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) executed an Arrest Warrant and placed Harry under arrest at her residence, without incident, according to Dratte.

Harry was transported to the Wilbur H. Francis Police Operation Building in Frederiksted, where she was processed and booked. The bail was set at $20,000.00.  

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 6:24p.m., The Honorable Judge Harold Willocks granted Marjorie Harry 10% of the $20,000.00, in lieu of bail.

Bail was posted in the amount of $2,000.00 and she was released pending an Advice of Rights Hearing scheduled, for June 3, 2022, at the Virgin Islands Superior Court. 

DVD Construction is tasked with renovating the VITRAN bus shelters on St. Croix.

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Economic Crimes Unit Arrests Woman For Stealing Co-Worker’s Paychecks

FREDERIKSTED  — Detectives with the VIPD’s Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into a fraudulent money transaction.

The investigation revealed that on December 11th and 31st of 2020, Juliandrea Toomer stole two checks totaling $905.27 from her co-worker and mobile deposited same into her minor son’s USAA checking account, without the co-worker’s knowledge, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. 

On May 23, 2022, at approximately 5:36 p.m., detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit executed an arrest warrant and placed Toomer under arrest at her Marley Homes residence, without incident.

Toomer was charged with obtaining money by false pretense, grand larceny and access to computer for fraudulent purposes, according to the VIPD. 

Toomer, 34, of Estate Two Brothers, was transported to the Wilbur H. Francis Police Operation Building in Frederiksted, where she was processed and booked.

Bail for Toomer was set at $20,000.00. Unable to post bail, she was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Her next scheduled court hearing is set for Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 

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Donoe Tow Truck Driver Arrested After Warrant Says He Was Trafficking In Stolen Merchandise: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Donoe tow truck driver who police alleged was dealing in stolen merchandise was arrested this morning on St. Thomas, authorities said.

Chandler “Frenchy” Heath, 29, of Grandview Apartments, was arrested at 8:30 a.m. today and charged with grand larceny, obtaining money by false pretenses and embezzlement by a fiduciary, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The investigation, initiated in November 2020, revealed that Heath took possession of and resold property belonging to a business without authorization,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

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Chandler “Frenchy” Heath, 29, on Facebook.

Heath was arrested based on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Derima said. He was arrested by detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit.

Bail for Heath was set at $35,000, which he was unable to post. He was subsequently turned over to the custody of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

This is not Heath’s first brush with the law. In March 2020, he was charged with second-degree assault-domestic violence, police records indicate.

At the time, the VIPD said Heath visited a woman’s home on February 29 and when she opened the door, he grabbed her and choked her.

Heath’s profile picture on Facebook includes his image in a larger image of a truck with “Frenchy’s Towing Service” written on the side. Frenchy’s Towing Service is based in Anna’s Retreat.

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The truck for “Frenchy’s Towing Services” on Chandler Heath’s Facebook page.

The suspect says on social media that he is a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School in St. Thomas.

Frenchy’s Towing Services motto is: “Were [sic] All your towing services is needed.”

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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LET HER EAT CAKE! ‘Marie Antoinette’ Arrested On Elder Abuse Charges: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman who was caring for an elderly St. Thomas woman allegedly used the senior citizen’s credit card without permission and was arrested, authorities said.

Maria Antoinette Rhymer Smith, 56, of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Monday and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of stolen property, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Rhymer Smith, the caretaker of an elderly female, is accused of taking the elderly female’s credit card and using it without authorization, for her own personal gain,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Rhymer Smith was arrested by detectives with the Economic Crime Unit pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Derima said

She was released after posting bail pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor reminds the public that taking advantage of elderly residents will result in the pursuit of prosecution by the VIPD.

“I commend our Economic Crime Unit for pursuing those who victimize our elderly residents. This practice will not be tolerated,” Commissioner Velinor said.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this report based on an official police press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Paradise Woman Sends Threatening Text Messages To Female Co-Worker Forcing Her To Resign: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — For the second time in two months, a St. Croix woman has been charged with cyberstalking after threatening text messages forced a co-worker to resign, authorities said. In the first instance of cyberstalking in early December, the woman was accused of threatening children.

Sharron Lopez, 35 of Louis E. Brown Villas, was arrested at 7:37 p.m. Friday and charged with harassment by written communication, cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Lopez is alleged to have harassed a former coworker in January of 2020 by sending multiple threatening text messages using an online text application, causing the co-worker to resign from her position,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Lopez was set at $1,000, which she posted. She was released, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

When Lopez was arrested in early December, she was charged with using the Internet to harass children, police records indicate.

Police detectives from the VIPD’s Economic Crimes Unit made the arrest of Lopez on Friday night, Derima said.

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

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VIPD’s Economic Crime Unit Issues Holiday Season Fraud Alert

FREDERIKSTED — Police Commissioner Trevor A. Velinor wishes to advise the public that the Christmas Season is fast approaching and there are those among us who seek to prey on those in the community whom they consider vulnerable.

The VIPD receives numerous calls from victims that have been victimized through phone scams. Some of these scams involve threats for monies owed to a law enforcement agency, including IRS and the Social Security Administration.

Other scams involve someone calling the victim advising that a family member is in jail or has been hurt in an accident and need money immediately. The most common one is someone with a foreign accent saying they are from Microsoft, and they need to get into your computer to repair a problem.

STEPS TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM:

  • If someone mentions there is a warrant out for your arrest, verify by contacting your local law enforcement agency or the specific alleged law enforcement agency to confirm. DO NOT call the number given by the person on the phone or the number that shows in the Caller ID.
  • DO NOT depend on Caller ID to confirm the caller’s information.
  • Know that law enforcement agencies do not accept wired money, only cash and bonds.
  • Never wire money to anyone who is alleging arrest or warrants.
  • Be wary of responding to any phone come-ons. Never reveal your bank account or volunteer other personal information to someone who calls you.
  • DO NOT respond if you receive an unsolicited email that asks you to confirm personal information such as your bank account or credit card number.
  • Make sure to investigate unfamiliar companies before investing in them.
  • DO NOT send money upfront in order to collect any prize/lotto winnings.
  • If the call involves a family member in need of money due to an accident or being in jail, CALL that family member before sending any money.
  • BE WARY of family members or friends who are constantly finding ways to separate you from your money, especially if you are a senior citizen.
  • The AARP reminds us that if we encounter a holiday scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (online or at 877-382-4357) and report it to the Attorney General’s Office or the VIPD Economic Crime Unit.  It is a crime to defraud the elderly.
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St. Croix Man Arrested By Economic Crimes Unit After Trying To Kite $2,000 Check At Bank

CHRISTIANSTED — A man who tried to cash a forged check worth at least $2,000 at a St. Croix bank was arrested on Monday, authorities said.

Andrew Thomas, 23 of Carib Villas, was arrested at 1:42 p.m. Monday and charged with grand larceny, identity theft and passing forged bills or notes, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Thomas allegedly passed a counterfeit check in the amount of $2,321.27 at Bank of St. Croix using the account information from a business, in which he was not employed,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Thomas was set at $20,000. He posted 10 percent of bail and was released pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Thomas was arrested by detectives from the VIPD’s Economic Crimes Unit.

News of Thomas’ arrested was posted in a tweet to Twitter at 4:04 a.m. today.

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Former Senator’s Son Arrested After Allegedly Sexting Revenge Porn Of Woman On WhatsApp: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested Monday night after he allegedly sexted revenge porn of a woman through a smart phone application.

Elmo D. Roebuck, Jr., 55 of Plantation Manor, was arrested at 7:15 p.m. Monday and charged with obscene and indecent conduct, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Roebuck allegedly disseminated an inappropriate video of an adult female, without her knowledge or consent, to several individuals in a group text message via WhatsApp on June 30.” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

Bail for Roebuck was set at $500. He was released after posting bail. His advice-of-rights hearing is pending.

Detectives from the Economics Crimes Unit made the arrest of Roebuck based on a Superior Court warrant.

Roebuck is the son of the late former St. Thomas Senator Elmo D. Roebuck, Sr.

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

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Paradise Mills Woman Arrested On Fraudulent Check, Grand Larceny Charges: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — The Economic Crimes Unit of the VIPD executed an arrest warrant on a St. Croix woman based on fraud-related charges early Thursday morning, authorities said.

Shanica “ChumChum” Prosper, 26, of Paradise Mills, was arrested at 12:07 a.m. Thursday and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses and grand larceny, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The investigation revealed on August 21 and 22, 2019, Prosper electronically deposited checks into her checking account, according to the VIPD.

On August 29, 2019, she then cashed the previously deposited checks at a local store, police said.

VIPD spokesman Toby Derima explained that Prosper allegedly “used the app on her mobile phone to take a picture of her check to deposit it into her off-island checking account.”

“The check was not voided or anything like that,” Derima said. “A week or so later, she went to a local store with the same check and cashed it. She basically double-dipped. Because the check was not physically voided when she originally deposited the check electronically, it became illegal when she knowingly took the check and cashed it in the store.”

Bail for Prosper was set at $1,000. Prosper posted bail and was released pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

Paradise Mills Woman Arrested On Fraudulent Check, Grand Larceny Charges: VIPD

“This is super ghetto,” Prosper wrote on her Facebook profile page above the article that the V.I. Free Free Press published on her arrest.

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