Tag: Virgin Islands Inspector General’s Office

St. Croix Senator Pushes For More Fiscal Accountability At WAPA

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Kenneth L. “Kenny” Gittens is asking his colleagues to reconsider authorizing an independent investigation of the Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority following Monday’s Committee of the Whole hearing to address ongoing concerns at the utility, to include a problematic November 2021 audit report.  “While I do think some positive steps have […]

GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS! Jury Finds Barnes Bilked USVI Government of $600,000

CHRISTIANSTED — Jurors in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock found a St. Croix woman guilty on all counts after deliberating for about five hours Thursday. Stephanie Barnes, 62,, was convicted of three federal and local criminal charges following a three-week trial, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Barnes was convicted of conspiring with former […]

Stephanie Barnes Portrayed As Con Artist Who ‘Manipulated’ CCC Out Of $568,104

GOLDEN ROCK — Jurors tasked with deciding the fate of Stephanie Barnes will begin deliberations in U.S. District Court on St. Croix today, after hearing closing arguments from prosecution and defense attorneys Wednesday. Prosecutors described Barnes as a clever manipulator who knew she was participating in a conspiracy to steal money from the government, while […]

Son Of Virgin Islands Inspector General Was Texas Shooter Who Killed 3 In Murder-Suicide Pact

HOUSTON — A St. Thomas native was at the center of a tragic shooting in Texas last month, according to Houston-area news reports. Mark van Beverhoudt, 29, shot his uncle, 59-year-old Donald Harris, to death as well as Harris’ 25-year-old daughter, Jennifer Harris. Van Beverhoudt, of Charlotte Amalie, is confirmed to have been the shooter […]