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‘A Dark Day in the Virgin Islands’: Bryan Faces Unprecedented Crisis, Admits Limited Knowledge Amid Federal Probes

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by Janeka Simon (VI Consortium) Monday’s press conference from Government House provided little new information to the public about the multiple federal probes that were announced over the weekend, which have resulted in arrests and resignations among senior government officials.‌

After cautioning viewers that “there’s an absolute limit of what we can share, or what we can discuss with you,” due to the active federal investigations currently ongoing, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. demonstrated very little understanding of the current situation facing his administration beyond what has been reported in the local press.

“I don’t know what it’s about,” said Governor Bryan, in response to a question during Monday’s press conference. “I just know that papers have been requested, phones have been requested from these individuals,” he continued, referring to the investigations which have resulted in the mobile phones of Police Commissioner Ray Martinez, Office of Management and Budget Director Jenifer O’Neal, and Sports Parks and Recreation Commissioner Calvert White being seized by federal authorities.

In response to questions from the Consortium about last week’s arrests of Department of Education Maintenance Director Davidson Charlemagne and former VI Housing Finance Authority Chief Operating Officer Darin Richardson, Governor Bryan admitted a similar lack of information. When he discovered the allegations that there appears to have been a $4 million contract to handle lumber given to VIHFA by the federal government, he admitted to being “kind of perplexed,” since as far as he knew, “they had a MOU with the Department of Education to store it there for free.” Governor Bryan still does not know what the contract under scrutiny entails. “I haven’t seen that contract as yet,” he said. The governor has since requested a copy from the VIHFA board. “I have a meeting this afternoon with Eugene Jones, who is the head of the agency,” Governor Bryan continued. “I only know as much as you know.”

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