Federal agents seize phone and subpoena OMB director Jenifer O’Neal in ongoing FBI investigation

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the VI Office of Management and Budget, was served a search warrant and subpoena by federal agents earlier this week while in Florida in a case related to the The FBI’s criminal investigation from VI Police Chief Ray Martinez, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Ms. O’Neal was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide testimony, or produce documents in lieu of testimony, later this month in the case involving Mr. Martinez, the people said , who spoke on condition of anonymity. Federal agents also seized her cell phone. Investigators typically need a search warrant to seize a phone, which requires probable cause to show that the phone contains evidence of a crime. The order must be approved by a judge.

The case involving Mr. Martinez involves a St. Thomas-based company contracted by the VI Police Department. After receiving the contract from VIPD, signed by the police commissioner, the company provided Mr. Martinez with money to complete work on a restaurant project he had been working on for some time, according to people with intimate knowledge of the matter.

Calls to Ms. O’Neal for comment were not returned. Attempts to reach Governor Albert Bryan were unsuccessful.

The subpoena and search warrant were served while Ms. O’Neal was at a hotel in Florida.

The event marks the third official from the Bryan administration to come under federal supervision in just three days. On Thursday, VI Department of Education Director of Maintenance Davidson Charlemagne and former VI Housing Finance Authority Chief Operating Officer Darin George – two senior government officials – have been arrested after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging them with government program fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Mr Charlemagne’s wife, Sasha, was also arrested and charged in the alleged scheme.