May 11, 2005 A federal jury found 44-year-old Genevieve Segura guilty of 14 counts of embezzlement and theft Wednesday.
Segura is charged with stealing a total of $7,643 from the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John between June 1999 and May 2002 when she worked for the park as a supervisor of the fee collection program.
Segura was arrested in December of 2003 in connection with the crime after an audit of the National Park, conducted by the U.S. Department of Interior Office of the Inspector General, revealed flaws in the accounting of the park's concession management and fee collecting programs for the years 2001 and 2002.
The audit raised questions about a park employee Segura and a missing $9,061 from the fee collections programs. In reviewing the fee collection program books, auditors found that Segura allegedly made a total of 31 deposits that were smaller than the money actually collected. (See "Park Audit Highlights Lost Revenues")
Segura's trial was held before District Judge Raymond Finch this week. No date has been set yet for her sentencing.
According to the acting U.S. Attorney General Anthony J. Jenkins, the maximum penalty for those counts charging thefts of money in excess of $1,000 is 10 years and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for theft of money less than $1,000 is one year and a fine of $100,000.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly reported that Genevieve Segura's trial was held before District Judge Curtis Gomez and that the jury had handed down the verdict Tuesday.