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U.S. Virgin Islands senator arrested, charged with bribery-related crimes in DOJ scandal

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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.”

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  1. sicoit

    November 10th, 2012

    And the beat goes on……. *spit*

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  2. Chuck O

    November 10th, 2012

    Unless I overlooked it, the article does not mention which political party he is a member of. Wonder why?

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  3. AvgDude

    November 10th, 2012

    Writing stories that expose crooked black politicians is racist.

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  4. Hedgehog

    November 10th, 2012

    Chalk this up to inexperience. He got caught. But he’ll learn his lesson. He won’t get caught next time.

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  5. Moe tom

    November 10th, 2012

    I thought it was Jesse Jackson Jr. Hell I get those crooked politicians all mixed up.

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  6. Moe tom

    November 10th, 2012

    Chuck O. He’s a democrat. But I had to search for it.

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  7. Freeshiticus

    November 10th, 2012

    They only gave him the job to keep him out of prison.

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  8. MaryfromMarin

    November 10th, 2012

    Why do people not care about this?

    I know, silly question.

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  9. MM

    November 11th, 2012

    I’ve spent a lot of time in both the USVI and the BVI-the difference is incredible-St Croix is about the biggest shithole in the Carib-there haven’t been many places that I’ve gone where almost immediately, I wished I was the fuck outta there-actually there haven’t been any except St Croix. St Thomas is the jumping off point for the the ferry robbers that go to St Croix and St Johns is fine if you’re loaded.

    OTOH, there’s none of that shit tolerated in the BVI-I could walk down the streets of Tortola at 2am without worrying about getting my throat cut. And that’s on the largest island-the others are much smaller and even better.

    This guy is indicative of the way of life in the USVI-there’s no middle, either you’re rich/connected or dirt poor. And having a huge rum distillery on St Croix that sells 1/5s for less than $2 sure doesn’t help.

    My advice if you’re heading for the Carib, avoid the USVI like the plague.

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