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Bombi
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This is breaking news. There have been no release from the Federal Government or the agencies involved as to the nature of the investigation or exactly who the target of the investigation is at this time... We have heard that a search warrant for one Senator's office was executed and that computers have been removed by agents. We'll keep you posted.

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Federal agents have surrounded the Legislature Building on St. Thomas. Agents have secured all entrances of the building and the offices of three majority senators and have ceased traffic in and out of the building.

Federal authorities raid the VI Legislature on St. Thomas; Feds calling it an ongoing investigation.... News 2

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Topic starter Posted : October 5, 2011 5:17 pm
IslandHops
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Article on VISOURCE:

http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/10/05/federal-agents-raid-senate-office

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Posted : October 5, 2011 6:52 pm
VentoGT
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Will be interesting to follow this story...

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Posted : October 5, 2011 7:24 pm
Tippi
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Anyone got a handle on which Senator drives GMC with license plate 21?

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Posted : October 5, 2011 9:14 pm
saucey
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They took the main server. So much is going to be exposed.

Thank you FBI!

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Posted : October 6, 2011 3:13 am
dntw8up
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They took the main server. So much is going to be exposed.

Thank you FBI!

I hope your optimism is warranted, but sadly the VI government has heretofore always managed to successfully assert itself as beholden to no one, not even the Feds.

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Posted : October 6, 2011 4:55 am
saucey
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My mistake, they did not take the main server, they are reading it where it is.

Still good news though. The corruption must end.

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Posted : October 6, 2011 11:11 am
IslandHops
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Alvin can always get busted and then come back in a few years and run again - e.g. pull off a "Chucky".

Speaking of which I heard that "Hurricane Chucky" was recently downgraded to a tropical depression. 😎

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Posted : October 6, 2011 12:08 pm
onthespot
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My mistake, they did not take the main server, they are reading it where it is.

Still good news though. The corruption must end.

I wonder if they left it there to not completely disrupt running the government at this time. Aaah GOOD fo dey GUTS doh.... Bout time. Something tells me this will get big. VERY BIG.

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Posted : October 6, 2011 4:50 pm
jbatl
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I am not so sure how big. The paper today said the investigation was into Williams using his leg staff for personal business. Heck, that happens all the time in DC.

That said, I, too, am trying to be optimistic. Frankly, and I know I risk getting flamed here, these comments by lawmakers about how the raid by the feds constitute some sort of overkill is sickening.

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Posted : October 6, 2011 9:34 pm
ms411
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I don't think the DEA would be involved if he was only using staff for personal use. That's what caught my attention.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 12:34 am
saucey
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The saying goes...only as strong as the weakest link...

Alvin is only 33. A future of 20+ years in a prison cell can seem quite depressive for a man in his prime. I feel pretty sure that they went for Alvin to be the tell-all. I feel pretty sure that this is going to run very deep into exposing corruption. I can't imagine that such a reputable division of the US government did not obtain a slew of info before descending upon Alvin.

I welcome the changes we are all about to feel. We are just starting to return to the world of " a government by the People for the People".

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Posted : October 7, 2011 12:34 am
noOne
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This should be interesting.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 1:42 am
Ronnie
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Apparently he hired someone at a $50k salary thereabouts to take his course and tests at University of Phoenix online to get a degree. She was not allowed to do any of his office work, it was alleged.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 2:38 am
SkysTheLimit
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Apparently he hired someone at a $50k salary thereabouts to take his course and tests at University of Phoenix online to get a degree. She was not allowed to do any of his office work, it was alleged.

I heard this was his niece. And when he fired her she said "You're going down uncle!"*-)

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Posted : October 7, 2011 12:16 pm
Ronnie
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No, she was the one that busted him after she hired the new girl and fired her! She went on the radio and told everyone about it to which he answered why doesn't she tell the FBI. Apparently she did! It's all on Crucian's in Focus web site.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 12:47 pm
jbatl
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It's his cousin.

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Posted : October 7, 2011 2:55 pm
garylloyd
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It has nothing to do with his first cousin do the course work for his University of Phoenix degree. As someone pointed out, that wouldn't explain the DEA.

Here's article written by someone who's talked to the FBI district office (Puerto Rico) about the case today:

http://www.vireporter.net/?page_id=91&mingleforumaction=viewtopic&t=10

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Posted : October 7, 2011 11:38 pm
jbatl
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Your link is encouraging, but where do you get that "it has nothing to do with" the degree allegations?

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Posted : October 8, 2011 12:10 am
garylloyd
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It has absolutely nothing to do with his supposed Phoenix College course work fraud.

This was one of the biggest law enforcement incidents at the history of the VI Legislature. It involved more than 25 federal agents. Peru from the Inspector General's Office was there. The DEA was there.

C'mon, this is not a nickel and dime fishing expedition over Williams cheating on his homework.

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Posted : October 8, 2011 5:30 am
garylloyd
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Williams is not going to jail over this. You know what happens in the Islands -- jury nullification.

First he'll get a hung jury. Then after being convicted on the retrial, the judge will give him a sentence similar to Chucky Hansen's -- probation, $500 fine, and community service.

His concern is whether this wipes out his retirement which requires three terms.

But if he works the system, the trial could happen long after he completes his current term.

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Posted : October 8, 2011 5:37 am
Ronnie
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So, there are your opinions garylloyd?

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Posted : October 8, 2011 2:55 pm
onthespot
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I think it's time they "made an example" of someone. I vote him/now.

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Posted : October 8, 2011 5:16 pm
Ronnie
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So, today's Daily News reports that Ronnie Russell is thinking about seeking outside counsel to see if the Feds can do what they did!! Does he some something funny or what?

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Posted : October 8, 2011 6:20 pm
jbatl
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I think he is funny in the head and any lawyer who would take that on has a fool for a client.

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Posted : October 8, 2011 7:30 pm
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