Joey Ebanks’s trial set for June 2014

Defendant was managing director of Electricity Regulatory Authority

Joseph Fitzgerald “Joey” Ebanks entered pleas of not guilty to 17 charges of dishonesty in Grand Court on Friday morning and had a trial date set for 9 June, 2014. 

The charges relate to incidents that occurred while the defendant was managing director of the Electricity Regulatory Authority. They cover a period between September 2012 and 31 March 2013. The majority of the charges allege obtaining money transfers or property by deception, with the property being money that belonged to the authority. 

One charge specifies that, between 1 September, 2012, and 31 March, 2013, at Cayman Mac Store, he dishonestly obtained Apple iPhones and iPads worth $67,944 by falsely representing that he was authorised to make such purchases.  

There are also two forgery charges accusing the defendant of signing an Electricity Regulatory Authority cheque in the name of another person without having authority to do so.  

Justice Michael Mettyear inquired whether an earlier slot was available for the trial, which is scheduled for two weeks. Defence attorney Ben Tonner said there was a slot in May, but it conflicted with his other commitments. 

The judge said there wasn’t much difference between May and June, so he agreed to the date. He set a plea and directions hearing for 10 October. 

The defendant also appeared in Summary Court last week, on 2 July. There he faces seven charges of theft related to his time with the Electricity Regulatory Authority. 

There is a separate file in which he is charged with consumption of cocaine on or before 6 March this year and possession of a utensil used in the preparation or consumption of cocaine. Mr. Tonner asked for these matter to be mentioned again on 30 July.