Hard Rock, Venetian hotels on ex-premier's cards

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An indictment against the Cayman Islands’ former leader sets out allegations of misconduct, dishonesty and breach of trust in using a government-issued credit card.  

The charges allege six separate instances where misconduct in a public office contrary to common law was committed by former Premier McKeeva Bush. They further allege five instances of breaching the public trust by a member of the Legislative Assembly.  

All charges relate to the use of a locally operating bank’s credit card issued to the former premier by the Cayman Islands government. At all times the alleged offences were committed, Mr. Bush was either the leader of government business or the premier.  

Mr. Bush has previously said that he paid the money back from the credit card uses. An indictment is merely an allegation of wrongdoing and not proof that any criminal offence has been committed.  

The first charge of misconduct in a public office alleges that between 10 and 15 July, 2009, Mr. Bush “wilfully misconducted himself in public office by dishonestly using [a credit card] issued to him by the Cayman Islands Government”. The charge alleges that Mr. Bush spent US$5,236 and incurred fees of US$122.72 for personal use at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.  

The second misconduct charge alleges the same general offence, but states that between 14 and 17 August, 2009, Mr. Bush spent US$3,024 and incurred fees of US$72.48 on that amount – for his personal use at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Florida.  

The third misconduct charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that between 12 and 13 September, 2009, Mr. Bush spent US$1,512 and incurred fees on those transactions of US$36.24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for his personal use. 

The fourth misconduct charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that between 16 and 17 October, 2009, Mr. Bush spent US$2,016 and incurred fees of US$48.32 on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for his personal use. 

The fifth misconduct charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 8 November, 2009, Mr. Bush spent US$1,004 and incurred fees of US$22.08 on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida for his personal use.  

The sixth misconduct charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 19 November, 2009, Mr. Bush spent US$2,008 and incurred fees of US$44.16 on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for his personal use.  

In 2010, presumably after the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law took effect, there are five more counts of breach of trust filed against the former premier.  

The first breach of trust charge alleges that between 18 and 19 January, 2010, Mr. Bush “dishonestly [used a credit card] issued to him by the Cayman Islands Government” for personal use to make transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, totalling US$3,012 and incurring fees on those transactions of US$66.24.  

The second breach of trust charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 21 January, 2010, Mr. Bush spent US$1,004 and incurred US$22.08 of fees on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for his personal use.  

The third breach of trust charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 14 to 18 February, 2010, Mr. Bush spent US$12,289.43 at the The Venetian, Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Resort for his personal use, incurring fees on those transactions of US$110.50.  

The fourth breach of trust charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 17 to 21 March, 2010, Mr. Bush spent US$17,030.50 and incurred US$44.16 of fees on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for his personal use.  

The fifth breach of trust charge alleges the same general offence as the first, but states that on 23 April, 2010, Mr. Bush spent US$1,004 and incurred US$22.08 worth of fees on those transactions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, for his personal use.  

According to the full count of the indictment, Mr. Bush is alleged to have spent just less than US$50,000 for personal use at the three hotel-casinos in Florida and Las Vegas. 

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The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida where ex-Premier McKeeva Bush is alleged to have spent tens of thousands of dollars. – Photo: File
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