US Virgin Islands senator accused of demanding bribes

Alvin williams

A senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been accused of demanding bribes from public officials and developers in exchange for favorable legislation.

Alvin Williams Jr. also is accused of submitting false campaign disclosure reports. Also indicted is his chief of staff, Kim Blackett.

Neither Williams nor Blackett have returned messages seeking their comment.

Thursday's indictment comes a year after US federal agents raided Williams' office.

Williams is serving his third term as senator. His family owns one of the island's largest heavy equipment retail businesses, which has been awarded contracts by the US and local government.

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