ST. THOMAS, V.I. - Attorney General Claude Earl Walker has
announced that VIGL Operations, LLC (VIGL) did not make political contributions
to candidates during the 2016 election cycle.
conducted a thorough investigation, which included speaking to a number of
persons, including representatives of the regulated entity and its consultant, and
we found no credible evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever,” AG Walker said.
May 2017, allegations were made that VIGL gave thousands of dollars to
candidates during the 2016 election cycle.
allegation was that donations were purportedly received through a company
affiliated with someone close to one of VIGL’s consultants.
is a casino license holder operating the casino at the Caravelle Hotel in
Christiansted, St. Croix. Therefore, the law prohibits the company from making
any political contributions. As VIGL is
a regulated entity under the Virgin Islands Casino Control Act, the Department
of Justice’s Division of Gaming Enforcement conducted an investigation into the
revealing its findings, DGE has announced that its investigation did not
uncover evidence of any check drawn from any account in the name of VIGL that
was given to any candidate. Further, there was no evidence that any of the
contributions that the candidates received were made at the direction of or on
behalf of VIGL. Therefore, DOJ finds
that there has been no violation of section 509(a) by the license holder.
section 509(b) requires that the Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission issue
a Code of Ethics for political officeholders.
Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act places DGE under the direction and
supervision of the Attorney General. The law requires DGE to investigate the
facts and circumstances concerning alleged violations of the Act, including
allegations of any improper political contributions by the holder of a casino
license. In carrying out this statutory
directive, DGE has reviewed hundreds of pages of documents and interviewed
several persons to determine whether any violation of the law occurred.