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Crime Stoppers Needs Your Help

Crime Stoppers needs your help to stop fraud and corruption in the US Virgin Islands.

Whether it is a government agency, a private business, an appointed or elected official, too frequently we are learning about a fraudulent act that has allegedly been committed.

Recent reports have revealed that some government employees have been charged with fraud for allegedly stealing and selling government property for personal gain. Other reports have revealed that some elected officials have stolen taxpayers’ money. In some cases these acts were being committed for years before the individuals were caught.

We can no longer afford not to speak up. Corruption and fraud affects all of us in some way. Not only does it erode our confidence in our public servants, it hits us all in the wallet through increased taxes, rates, and fees. If we don’t say something, consider what we will have to pay to maintain our families. We can no longer continue to allow these persons to take the easy road to prosperity at our expense.

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Often when we think of crime, we think of things occurring on the streets to specific individuals and homes.

Taking something that isn’t yours is a crime, period.

Engaging in corruption and fraud is a crime, period.

If you know of any crimes involving businesses such as tax evasion, stealing electricity, illegal hiring practices, importing illegal weapons, etc., call Crime Stoppers.

If you know of any public servants who are involved in stealing public funds or property, accepting bribes for services, or anything of this nature, call Crime Stoppers.

The corruption must end. You work hard to enjoy this place we call Paradise; please become a part of making our Territory a better place to live by telling us what you may know about these or any other crimes. Your information will be submitted to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and you will remain anonymous.

You can submit tips to 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), www.crimestoppersusvi.org, or you can text it to CRIMES (274637). You must include “USVI” in the body of your text message. If your information helps law enforcement solve a crime, you will receive a cash reward.

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Crime Stoppers needs your help to stop fraud and corruption in the US Virgin Islands.

Whether it is a government agency, a private business, an appointed or elected official, too frequently we are learning about a fraudulent act that has allegedly been committed.

Recent reports have revealed that some government employees have been charged with fraud for allegedly stealing and selling government property for personal gain. Other reports have revealed that some elected officials have stolen taxpayers’ money. In some cases these acts were being committed for years before the individuals were caught.

We can no longer afford not to speak up. Corruption and fraud affects all of us in some way. Not only does it erode our confidence in our public servants, it hits us all in the wallet through increased taxes, rates, and fees. If we don't say something, consider what we will have to pay to maintain our families. We can no longer continue to allow these persons to take the easy road to prosperity at our expense.

Often when we think of crime, we think of things occurring on the streets to specific individuals and homes.

Taking something that isn’t yours is a crime, period.

Engaging in corruption and fraud is a crime, period.

If you know of any crimes involving businesses such as tax evasion, stealing electricity, illegal hiring practices, importing illegal weapons, etc., call Crime Stoppers.

If you know of any public servants who are involved in stealing public funds or property, accepting bribes for services, or anything of this nature, call Crime Stoppers.

The corruption must end. You work hard to enjoy this place we call Paradise; please become a part of making our Territory a better place to live by telling us what you may know about these or any other crimes. Your information will be submitted to the appropriate law enforcement agency, and you will remain anonymous.

You can submit tips to 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), www.crimestoppersusvi.org, or you can text it to CRIMES (274637). You must include “USVI” in the body of your text message. If your information helps law enforcement solve a crime, you will receive a cash reward.