VIPD Officer Charged with Bank Fraud, Identity Theft

V.I. Police Officer Yomont King was indicted Friday on a variety of charges including bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and forgery, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

King made his initial appearance in federal court Friday in St. Croix following the unsealing of his indictment.

According to the indictment, King defrauded one bank by depositing a $10,990 loan check intended for a third party into his own personal bank account on multiple occasions. In another instance, according to the charging document, King forged checks totaling $2,800 and deposited them into his own personal bank account.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Virgin Islands Police Department Economic Crimes Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Brooks.

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An indictment is merely a formal charging document, and it is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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