Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Transporting Illegal Alien

Courtney Matthias was sentenced to prison Thursday for his conviction on a charge of transporting an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

According to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands, District Court Judge Robert Molloy sentenced Matthias to a 24-month term of imprisonment, a three-year term of supervised release, a $7,500 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents filed in the case, on Oct. 1, 2019, five aliens traveled by boat from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they entered the United States without inspection at a place not designated as a point of entry. Matthias then transported several of those aliens in his vehicle to the ferry terminal in St. John.

Matthias also purchased a ferry ticket to St. Thomas for one of the aliens and boarded the ferry with her, court records show.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Port Authority, Homeland Security Investigations, and Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Sleeper.