U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert announced Wednesday that Violet Anne Golden and accused co-conspirator Stephanie Barnes have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including money laundering and conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving government funds.

The indictment comes two months after Golden said she felt like “a common criminal” upon being removed as chairwoman of the Casino Control Commission, which oversees the territory’s casinos, the Caravelle Hotel Casino and the Divi Casino, both on St. Croix.

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