ST. THOMAS – An acquiring manager for the VI Port Authority was charged Thursday with embezzlement in connection with a federal government charge card that was made use of making unauthorized charges – consisting of moneycash loan – totaling $213,095.58.
A warrant was released for the arrest of Lydia Cabret on a variety of felony charges, according to Performing AttorneyAttorney general of the united states Claude Walker. Cabret was apprehended and remanded to the Golden Grove Adult Correctional and Detention Center, Walker stated Thursday night.The acting
lawyerchief law officer stated Cabret is implicated of taking $102,668 in cash advances at the Sunny Island branch of Banco Popular between February 2014 and Might 2015.
She also made use of the credit card to make purchases totaling $110,427.58, according to the arrest affidavit. According to the Port Authority, the purchasing supervisor position on St. Croix was paid $62,934 annually.Walker provided The Daily News with a copy of the arrest warrant and the affidavit sworn by Leonardo Carrion Sr., a special agent with the Unique Investigations Division of the VI Justice Department.The warrant charges Cabret with embezzlement of
public accounts; getting money by incorrect pretense; unauthorized usage of a government charge card; and violating the Criminally Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.The Justice Department started investigating after the Port Authority reported multiple unauthorized transactions on the account statements for the charge card that had actually been provided to Mrs. Cabret, which triggered the accounting authorities to become suspicious and look further into the matter, according to the affidavit.Cabret was questioned about the various doubtful credit card charges and moneycash loan made with the card that was issued to her by Port Authority, and she admitted to making use of the charge card for personal functions, according to the arrest warrant.Magistrate Judge Miguel Camacho released the warrant Thursday, and Walker said Cabret was taken into custody Thursday, was processed and was awaiting her appearance before a magistrate today.She is being held under $75,000 bond, according to the warrant.According to the affidavit, Cabret admitted to all the accusations and offered to pay an initial amount of money towards the total amount, with the balance being paid on a payment strategy, for using the departments charge card for her personal usage and without being authorized.The affidavit recommended that Cabret was the only individual with access to the credit card, and that Cabret was accountable for carrying out all purchases for the departments needs, which is why the card had actually been
issued to her.According to Carrions affidavit, Cabret resigned from the Port Authority on May 27, less than a month after the last moneycash loan-for$1,275- was taken on the card.It was unclear why Cabret had access to money advances through a federal government charge card. The investigation showed up 42 various money advances taken on the credit card between Feb. 20, 2014, and April 29, 2015. The smallest cash advance was for$500 and the biggest was for$8,000, however there were variousmanied advances of more than $2,000. Most months in the
timespan saw 2 to three2 to 3 cash advances, though two months-September 2014 and April 2015 -recorded 6 cash advances monthly. The September charges totaled $15,000 while the April charges totaled $11,975. According to the affidavit, the card issued to Cabret was likewise utilized to purchase parts from Rock Automobile online in the quantity of$2,000 for automobiles not owned by the Port Authority, such as a Mercedes Benz E500, a Toyota 4Runner, a Chevy Corvette and a BMW 328CI. The card was likewise made use of to pay for charges at Amazon Marketplace,
American Airlines, ATT, Chief Supply, Paradise Freight, Workplace Max, PayPal, Ebay, The Tire Rack and the VI Water and Power Authority, according to the arrest warrant.Walker stated he was shocked that authorities at the Port Authority did not seem to discover the misappropriation of such large amounts of funds for so many months. This is peoples money, Walker said. I have attempted to be open about the Department of Justices dedication to end corruption in the Virgin Islands, with the hopes that those entrusted with public cash will get the message, but the cases keep coming.-Contact Jonathan Austin at 714-9104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.