Ex MLA Martin pleads not guilty

Former Member of the Legislative Assembly Lyndon Martin pleaded not guilty to 11 charges in the Grand Court Friday.

Mr. Martin

Mr. Martin

Mr. Martin is charged with six counts of obtaining property by deception, three counts of uttering a false document and two counts of forgery of an official document. The alleged offences are said to have occurred between 1 January, 2005 and 9 May, 2006.

A Grand Court trial date has been set down for 14 April, 2008.

One of the charges relates to allegations Mr. Martin issued a forged letter to a man and his wife, purporting to be signed by Chief Secretary George McCarthy, advising that at a Government Cabinet meeting, the two named people had been granted Caymanian status. Details of the charge were that the letter was given to the man between 1 March and 30 April, 2005.

Mr. Martin is accused of earlier dishonestly attempting to obtain $1,020 from the man by falsely representing that the money would be used for a Caymanian Status application.

Mr. Martin is further charged with making a false fixed-term work permit. The Crown allege he later give the false permit to a person, knowing it to be forged. This is alleged to have occurred in April and May of 2006.

In relation to the same person, Mr. Martin is alleged to have altered details on an Immigration Department receipt, replacing the amount $10.00 with $350.00, and also changing the person named on the receipt and substituting the words ‘copy of temporary work permit approval’ with the words ‘permanent residency application’. A further charge stems from allegedly giving the receipt to the person, knowing it to be forged.

In relation to another named person, Mr. Martin is accused of having dishonestly obtained sums of $100, $250 and $475 on three separate occasions between 1 January, 2005 and 31 March, 2006. The Crown alleges he falsely represented to the person that the money would be used for submitting a permanent residency application for that person’s wife.

Mr. Martin is further charged with dishonestly obtaining a $500 bank draft from a named person in October 2005 by falsely representing that the bank draft would be used for submitting a permanent residency application for that person.

Defence Attorney Ben Tonner represented Mr. Martin at the Grand Court hearing. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie extended Mr. Martin’s bail until the trial date.

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