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Judge Sentences Two for Pretending to Be FBI Agents

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Thomas, USVI - District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Yamini Potter, 29, of St. Thomas and Alana Liburd, 34, of St. John for impersonating FBI agents, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Judge Gomez sentenced Potter to 12 months in prison, one year of supervised release, and 200 hours of community service. He sentenced Liburd to 30 days of intermittent confinement to be served on weekends, five years of probation, and 200 hours of community service.

Judge Gomez also ordered Potter and Liburd to pay $6,010 in restitution, joint and several, and a special assessment of $100 each. Potter and Liburd were remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving their sentences.

In July 2015, both Liburd and Potter pleaded guilty to impersonation of a federal officer. According to court records, Potter and Liburd devised a scheme wherein they pretended to be FBI agents, and then persuaded 11 individuals to pay them a total of $6,010 in fees to become FBI agents.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Everard E. Potter.

Updated February 4, 2016