U.S. Virgin Islands Senator Alvin Williams has been arrested and accused of bribery, among other alleged crimes, the Associated Press reports.
Williams, 34, was accused “of generating more than $1 million through illegal activities, including demanding bribes in exchange for favorable legislation.”
He, his chief of staff Kim Blackett and another staff member, Garry Sprauve, were charged Thursday, according to the USVI U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe’s office.
“The senator is accused of giving the island’s public works commissioner $10,000 in cash in September 2009 to grant future work to a company that was of interest to him,” the AP reported. “Williams also is alleged to have supported legislation for a housing project in St. Thomas that would benefit that company. Authorities say he also demanded a bribe from developers of the housing project from February 2007 to November 2011.”
“Other allegations against the senator include demanding and receiving a $10,000 bribe in the form of campaign contributions from the developers of a wind turbine project in exchange for favorable legislation,” the AP added. “Authorities said Williams later solicited a further $25,000 bribe in campaign contributions from the same developer. The indictment further alleges Williams submitted false campaign disclosure reports. And it charges the three-term senator offered to increase the salaries of legislative staffers only if they agreed to give him a portion of that increase as cash.”