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Ex-Virgin Islands official convicted of corruption

November 21, 2014

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — A federal jury has found the former executive director of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ legislature guilty of accepting bribes and of extortion.

Louis Willis was accused of accepting bribes including $13,000 in cash and checks in exchange for securing more than $350,000 worth of contracts.

He served as the legislature’s executive director from 2009 to 2012. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Friday that his responsibilities included overseeing renovation of the legislature building and awarding contracts related to the project.

The 56-year-old Wills is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13.

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