Virgin Islands Government Official Sentenced in $1.4 Million Bribery and Kickback Scheme

WASHINGTON – The former director of permits for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for his role in a $1.4 million bribery and kickback scheme, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Paul A. Murphy of the District of the Virgin Islands announced.

U.S. District Chief Judge Curtis V. Gomez also ordered Brent E. Blyden, 46, to pay $125,755 in restitution as well as a personal money judgment in the amount of $ 20,000, and sentenced Blyden to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison. In addition, Judge Gomez banned Blyden from federal and local government employment for five years. More...