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Ex-USVI govt official charged in $17M in bribery scheme

Former US Virgin Islands government official charged in $17M bribery scheme

Ex-USVI govt official charged in $17M in bribery scheme

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- A former U.S. Virgin Islands government official has been charged in a $17 million bribery scheme.

The U.S. Justice Department says Julito Francis faces 11 counts including conspiracy, bribery and perjury. He was the Public Finance Authority's former director of finance and administration. Also charged are a construction company owner and the co-principal of an architectural company.

They are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12.

The indictment states that construction company owner Gerard Castor provided more than $400,000 in improvements to Francis' home and more than $100,000 to the property of co-principal John Woods. Authorities say that Castor's company in return obtained more than $17 million in construction contracts including one to build a library in St. Thomas.

Attorneys for the men could not be reached for comment.

Updated : 2021-09-20 21:38 GMT+08:00