On Monday, Julian Willock went on ZROD Radio to deny reports that he would soon be taken to prison for missing court appointments, according to his website Virgin Islands News Online.

On Tuesday, however, police said Mr. Willock was apprehended at about noon and transported to Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut.

Police were executing a default warrant issued by Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo, according to the Police Information Office.

Default warrants often are issued if a person fails to appear in court.

In addition to owning VINO, Mr. Willock is a former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, though he was dismissed from that position in 2012 for reasons that were not disclosed.

Attempts to reach attorney Jamal Smith, who has represented Mr. Willock often in the past, were not immediately successful.