Replay: Sen. Williams Tells Percival To Take Her Claims To The FBI; Calls Allegations “Capricious” (Updated With Link To Daily Caller Article)
Editor’s Note: This is worth interrupting the break. Sen. Alvin Williams is no doubt the first in a series of arrests that may finally bring to light so much of what we’ve all known for some time. So for now, we watch, we wait, and we return to our sabbatical. This story was first published on May 10, 2011. A link to the most recent Daily Caller article on the broader VI government bribery scandal is attached below.
Senator Alvin Williams says his former employee (and first cousin Shelley Percival) should take her accusations about how he got his online degree and other revelations about how he runs his senate office to the federal authorities.
Less than a week after her first declaration that Williams’ Chief of Staff had completed all coursework for Williams’ degrees from the online Phoenix University, Percival returned to the airwaves to day and not only repeated her earlier accusations, but added much more information about the way Williams allegedly conducts business and spends his legislative budget.
But Williams vehemently refuted her allegations.
Percival, who was terminated from her position as Williams’ operational manager, said she was first hit with a $20,000 salary cut and eventually terminated as a result of numerous disagreements with Williams’ about her political affiliations and her objections to activities she observed in his office.
But Williams said there were other reasons for the termination.
When questioned specifically about the degree, he called the accusations a “fairy tale.”
And went on to challenge her to verify her accusations.
This week, Percival added new allegations concerning Williams’ travel expenses and his use of government funds while on Legislative business trips. And when questioned on how she could be sure that her allegations about his travel activities were correct, Percival replied:
And those were the accusations that caused Williams’ to call in, he said, because he strongly objected to the insinuation that he, or anyone in his office, was misusing government funds.
Percival said she had held her silence about the alleged activities for fear of losing her job and wouldn’t have come forward now if Williams’ hadn’t caused problems for her and her food van at the recent St. Thomas Carnival. Percival claimed that Williams’ had sent Port Authority officials to attempt to get her to remove her van from her permitted spot, and also had tried to prohibit her from parking in the Legislative parking lot.
Again, Williams said the allegations were false.
And he went on to state his support for his current Chief of Staff.
Percival said she’s leaving the Territory, and that today’s call was the end of her public declarations about the matter.
And Williams insists the whole thing is just a case of a disgruntled employee who is still bitter about losing her job.
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