Following his arrest by police in October, former Cayman Islands National Housing Development Trust Deputy Chairman Edlin Myles has been charged with multiple criminal offences related to deception, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Myles, 60, was charged Monday afternoon with three counts of obtaining money by deception, four counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, and one count apiece of attempting to obtain money by deception and attempting to obtain a pecuniary advantage by deception.
He has been released on police bail and had not appeared in court by press time.
Sources familiar with the police probe said in October that the investigation into housing trust-related matters had been proceeding for a number of months prior to Myles’ arrest and was not directly connected to the construction of affordable homes in East End and West Bay.
The housing trust has opened 12 affordable homes in East End for qualifying members of the public approved under the lower income home-buying programme.
Myles, as well as former housing trust board chairman Edward S. McLaughlin, resigned from the board last year.
RCIPS officers had earlier said Myles was arrested according to the terms of sections 13 and 17 of the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law, 2010, as well as suspicion of obtaining property by deception.
Sections 13 and 17 of Cayman’s Anti-Corruption Law relate to breach of trust and abuse of public office; however, no offences related to the Anti-Corruption Law had been brought against Myles at press time.
Police said they were continuing their investigation into the housing trust matters.
Some complaints related to the housing trust project in East End were made to Member of the Legislative Assembly Arden McLean more than a year ago.
Mr. McLean declined to discuss the specific nature of the allegations.
“There were many complaints made to me by my constituents surrounding that housing project,” Mr. McLean said in October. “I have a responsibility as a representative for the people of East End. Part of that responsibility is to protect them from vultures … or anything that would adversely affect them.”
Mr. McLean said, in his view, some of the complaints were “serious”.
“It’s disappointing to say the least … that a public official has been arrested,” he said.
Following Myles’ arrest, the board of directors of the Cayman Islands National Housing Development Trust was reformed with some new appointees and some returning members.
Rayal Bodden – a member of the board who had previously resigned – has been appointed as chairman. Other members named included Allan Bush, Michael Godfrey, Ann-Marie Powell, Jaron Jackson, Terry-Ann Arch and Delia Hydes.
Members of the ruling United Democratic Party government have discussed the situation with the housing trust and a corruption investigation that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has been conducting there for a number of months, Community Affairs Minister Mike Adam said late last year.
Mr. Adam indicated that just prior to Myles’ arrest at least two members of the housing board quit their posts. He did not specify the reasons given for the resignations.