|By Joy Blackburn, The Virgin Islands
Daily News, St. ThomasMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Janyary 6, 2010 --ST. CROIX -- A woman accused of embezzling more than $74,000 from Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort was advised of her rights in V.I. Superior Court on Tuesday.
Millicent Calvin, 62, of Estate St. John, faces 19 counts of violating the territory's Criminally Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or CICO; 19 counts of embezzlement by fiduciaries and two counts of grand larceny, according to a charging document filed in the case by the V.I. Attorney General's Office.
Calvin has not yet entered a plea to the charges.
She was arrested at 5:45 p.m. Monday on a warrant signed by V.I. Magistrate Judge Jessica Gallivan. Magistrate Judge Miguel Camacho advised her of her rights on Tuesday.
According to an affidavit filed by V.I. Police Sgt. Mark Corneiro in support of the charges, Calvin is accused of stealing money from the resort between December 2006 and June 2008, when she was the resort's accounting manager.
The resort's general manager filed a report with police in June 2008, telling them that a few days earlier, discrepancies with the bank stamp on deposit receipts had been noted and that bank receipts that were returned to the resort's accountant were missing, along with a large sum of money, the affidavit states.
The general manager told police that when he confronted Calvin she admitted to him that she had stolen money from the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort, but insisted that she was going to return it, according to the affidavit.
He reported that Calvin told him that her daughter had been in trouble in New York and that she had needed the money to send her daughter to therapy, Coneiro wrote.
The affidavit states that Calvin returned $91,835.15 in uncashed checks and $55.30 in cash to the resort, but that $74,290.83 in cash was still missing.
According to the charging document, Calvin's Vista Mar condominium would be subject to forfeiture if she is convicted of a CICO violation.
CICO contains provisions that subject a convicted person to forfeiture of any real or personal property derived from that criminal activity.
Court documents allege that Calvin had been stealing money from the resort on a continuous basis since late 2006, using a scheme in which she delayed making daily deposits of revenues, instead accumulating the money, stealing some and then depositing the correct amount collected for particular dates at a later time.
"This prevented management from noticing that the money was being stolen until it reached a point that they were questioning why deposits were taking so long to be available in the account," Corneiro wrote.
Bail is currently set at $75,000.
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