The Virgin Islands Attorney General filed a twenty-five count Information charging two Government employees and two businessmen with various violations of Virgin Islands laws based on their participation in a real property tax auction scheme to acquire property below the highest bid price. The Information was based on an Affidavit filed by the Virgin Islands Inspector General’s Office. To see the Information and Affidavit, click here.
Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt testified before the Virgin Islands Legislature’s Committee on Government Services, Consumer and Veterans Affairs for a second time on Bill 31-0014, a proposal to give the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General additional independence in meeting its statutory mandate of providing oversight on the operations of the Government of the Virgin Islands. Bill 31-0014 was approved by the Committee and forwarded to the full body for consideration. To view the V I Inspector General’s Comments, click here.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General released its Fiscal Year 2016 Audit Plan. Among the various audits planned for 2016, the V. I. Inspector General’s Office hopes to complete six projects still in progress during Fiscal Year 2015, to include: the Inspection of the Alternative Investment Program of the Government Employees Retirement System, the Audit of the Controls over the Department of Education’s School Lunch Program, the Inspection of Contract for Claim of Environmental Damages to St, Croix’s South Shore, the Follow-up on the Handling of Funds Received During the Property Tax Auctions, the Audit of the Public Finance Authority (Joint Project OVIIG/OIG-DOI) and the Audit of the Child Nutrition Programs Claims and Reimbursement Controls. In addition three other projects should be started during the 2016 Fiscal Year to include: the Audit of the Administrative Functions of the Casino Control Commission, the Audit of the Administrative Functions of the Government Employees Retirement System and the Audit of Government-wide Travel. To view the 2016 Audit Plan, Click here.
Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt testified before the Virgin Islands Legislature’s Committee on Rules on Bill 31-0150, a proposal to require the forfeiture of retirement benefits for elected and appointed officials upon the conviction of specific felonies. Except for two concerns with the bill as worded, Mr. van Beverhoudt supported the intent of the proposal. To see the Virgin Islands Inspector General’s testimony and Bill 31-0150, click here.
The United States Attorney announced that a Grand Jury indicted the former Director of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority and two business owners with various offenses based on their participation in a bribery scheme involving over $17 million in construction contracts awarded by the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. To see the United States Attorney’s Press Release and Indictment, click here.
Virgin Islands Inspector General Steven van Beverhoudt presented to the Committee on Finance the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for the operations of the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General. V. I. Inspector General van Beverhoudt is proposing a funding level of $2 million, which is equal to the level provided in Fiscal Year 2015. To see the Virgin Islands Inspector General’s Testimony, click here.
The audit and Investigative staff of the Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General attended the 26th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Global Conference in Baltimore, Maryland during the week of June 14-19, 2015. In addition to attending numerous seminars on auditing and investigative techniques, the staff was able to network with more than 3,000 of their peers from around the world.
The Office of the Virgin Islands Inspector General successfully completed its external peer review as required by the Government Auditing Standards issued by the United States Government Accountability Office. To view the report, click here.
The spouse of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Roy Schneider Hospital was sentenced to three years in prison by a Superior Court Judge after pleading guilty to one count of Accessory After the Fact. To see the Virgin Islands Attorney General’s Press Release, click here.
Louis Willis SentencingThe former Executive Director of the VI Legislature was sentenced to five years in Federal Prison after a jury convicted him of four counts of Federal programs bribery and extortion under color of official right. To see the United States Attorney’s Press Release, click here.