OIG Investigative Reports Press Release, St Thomas, VI, 01/17/2013 - Virgin Islands Senator Pleads Guilty to Operating and Participating in a Crimina Enterprise that Engaged in Bribery, Mail Fraud, and Wire Fraud Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report U.S. Department of Justice RONALD W. SHARPE United States Attorney District of the Virgin Islands Ron de Lugo Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse 5500 Veterans Drive, Suite 260 Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, VI 00802-6424 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 17, 2013 Virgin Islands Senator Pleads Guilty to Operating and Participating in a Criminal Enterprise that Engaged in Bribery, Mail Fraud, and Wire Fraud St. Thomas, USVI - Former Virgin Islands Senator Alvin Williams, Jr., pleaded guilty today in federal district court to operating and participating in a criminal enterprise whose members and associates engaged in illegal activities, including bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in charge Joseph Campbell, United States Marshal Cheryl Jacobs, Virgin Islands Office of the Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) Special Agent-in-Charge Jose A. Gonzalez, U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General Special Agent-in-Charge Yessyka Santana, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Pedro J. Janer, and Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Commissioner Henry White. Williams, 34, and two other defendants were charged by grand jury indictment on November 8, 2012. The plea agreement followed an extensive investigation conducted by the Federal Public Corruption Task Force, which comprises the FBI, United States Marshals Service, IRS-CI, U.S. Department of Education Inspector General, DEA, Virgin Islands Office of the Inspector General, and the VIPD. In entering his plea of guilty to Count One of the indictment, racketeering before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez, Williams admitted bribing a Virgin Islands public official and soliciting and receiving bribes from numerous St. Thomas construction project developers; fraudulently soliciting and increasing staff member salaries and using the increase of funds for his personal use; and using Virgin Islands Legislative staff members to do his University of Phoenix online coursework for him during legislative work hours. Williams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and $250,000 in fines, in addition to forfeiture penalties and restitution. No sentencing date has been set. United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe commended the work of the Public Corruption Task Force and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kim R. Lindquist and Kelly B. Lake, who are prosecuting this case. ### Top Printable view Last Modified: 01/22/2013 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Virgin Islands Senator Pleads Guilty to Operating and Participating in a Criminal Enterprise that Engaged in Bribery, Mail Fraud, and Wire Fraud. St. Thomas, VI., January 17, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-01-17.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.