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Sun Jul 7, 2019, 01:47 PM

An in-depth look at USVI corruption and nepotism

ST THOMAS, USVI – To finally address public corruption in the USVI and the role played by nepotism in fostering and expanding wrongdoing many would first have to unveil and admit the dirty little secret that has been kept hidden for decades; there will be little or no consequence or accountability for most political elites regardless of how many violations of the law, unethical activities, or crimes they and their allies commit.

In contrast, everyday individuals who commit even the most minuscule of crimes are often prosecuted to the full extent of the law. A Rastafarian can go to jail for a “marijuana spliff tail” while an elected official will not be prosecuted for illegally accessing millions of government funds or buying personal items with hundreds of thousands of government funds.

Some believe that seeking transparency, accountability, and integrity in government is fruitless and meaningless so, they join and play the game. Apparently, they feel that corruption is the order of the day since that sort of behavior has gone on for many, many moons. Politicians come and go they opine, but even though it is the taxpayer who must pay the bill for any indiscretion, crime, and unethical arrangement; that is the cruel circle of injustice that they have grown accustomed to.

The problem

Is nepotism the “root” cause of much of the corruption in the USVI?

If so, nepotism has successfully ensnared the territory in a spiderweb of family ties, friends, political allies, political donors, political prostitutes, and just plain out, people who go along to get along with the latest corrupt agenda disguised as love of “Las Islas Virgenes de Los Estados Unidos”.

Read more: https://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/2019/07/03/an-in-depth-look-at-usvi-corruption-and-nepotism/

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