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Anna’s Retreat Woman Arrested for Fraud

February 23, 2021

ST. THOMAS, USVI – On February 22, at around 8:30 a.m., Maria Antoinette Rhymer Smith, age 56 of Anna’s Retreat, was arrested by detectives of the Economic Crime Unit, pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands. She was charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Possession of Stolen Property.

Rhymer Smith

Rhymer Smith, the caretaker of an elderly female, is accused of taking the elderly female’s credit card and using it without authorization, for her own personal gain. Rhymer Smith was released, pending her Advice of Rights hearing, after posting bail.

Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor reminds the public that taking advantage of elderly residents will result in the pursuit of prosecution by the VIPD. “I commend our Economic Crime Unit for pursuing those who victimize our elderly residents. This practice will not be tolerated,” Commissioner Velinor said.

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All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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