St. Thomas Man Who Forged Checks in His Father’s Name Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for $303,000 Bank Fraud

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Pile of money
Pile of money.

St. Thomas, USVI – United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that Lenroy Ravalier, Jr. was sentenced by the Honorable Robert A. Molloy to serve 21 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $169,000, representing his ill-gotten gains from his commission of bank fraud.

According to public documents filed in the case, Ravalier Jr. forged checks in his father’s name totaling $303,000, and then moved much of the money through various accounts under his control. One of the accounts was opened strictly for the purpose of passing the stolen funds through the account. A bank was able to intervene and recapture over $132,000 of the amount Ravalier Jr. stole but by then he had spent the remainder. Ravalier Jr. did not have authorization from the victim to take the funds described above or to write checks in the victim’s name.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nathan Brooks and Jill Koster.

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