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USVI lottery supervisor arrested on felony charges
Published on March 14, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Justice has announced the arrest of Loriel Weeks, a former acting supervisor of the USVI Lottery St Thomas sales office, on felony charges of burglary, arson, embezzlement and grand larceny.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Kathleen McKay issued an arrest warrant based upon an affidavit submitted by Department of Justice director of special investigations James McCall. The arrest is the result of a criminal investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice into the reported break-in and vault fire at the USVI Lottery St Thomas sales office in the early morning hours of March 13, 2010.

The investigation revealed that at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010, Loriel Weeks, accompanied by an unidentified male entered the St Thomas sales office through the front door using the keys to gain entry. While inside, Weeks and/or her accomplice opened the vault containing lottery cash proceeds by using the combination, set fire to the top shelves of the vault, then immediately left the office through the front doors from which they entered and re-locked the exterior shutters. Three lottery bags and in excess of $60,000 in cash were discovered missing from the vault.

The investigation further revealed that Weeks was one of only two persons who had both the keys to the sales office and the combination to the vault, and the only one of the two that also fit the description of the person shown on the surveillance security cameras entering the office with the keys and leaving after the fire started.

Days before the incident lottery director Conrad Francois transferred Weeks from the sales office to another lottery office amidst an audit showing substantial financial discrepancies occurring in the St Thomas sales office. Friday March 12, 2010, was Weeks’ last day at that sales office.

Judge McKay placed Weeks on $10,000 bail.
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