Man charged in status grant deception

Charged in connection with an alleged payment for Caymanian status, Paul Anthony Hume Ebanks appeared in Summary Court Thursday.

Ebanks is alleged to have dishonestly obtained $1,500 from an individual with the intention of permanently depriving that person of the money by falsely representing it was payment for a Caymanian status grant.

The alleged offense occurred Sept. 9.

Defense attorney Lucy Organ said Ebanks, 47, is a Jamaican national, but has a governor’s permit to remain in Cayman. She noted that he had been born in Jamaica but has been in Cayman for 41 years.

Crown prosecutor Michael Snape objected to bail.

After hearing details, Magistrate Valdis Foldats withheld bail.

Ebanks elected Grand Court trial and the matter was set for preliminary inquiry Oct. 16.