Judge jails Joey Ebanks

Joey Ebanks arrested

Former Electricity Regulatory Authority chief Joey Ebanks was jailed Thursday for defrauding his employer
and the Cayman Mac Store of more than $140,000.

Justice Charles Quin ordered that Mr. Ebanks be remanded in
custody, following  a court hearing, saying that  a
sentence of imprisonment was inevitable. He adjourned full sentencing until
April 16.

The former political candidate admitted to 17 charges of obtaining money and property by
deception, making documents without authority and forgery during his time as
managing director of the authority. 

The charges included a $67,000 spending spree on i-Pads and
i-Phones, which he sold to fuel his drug
habit.

Trevor Ward, QC, prosecuting, said Mr. Ebanks had abused his
position of trust to defraud his employer of thousands of dollars over an
extended period of time. He said a sentence of three years behind bars was the
appropriate “starting point” for such cases.

Ben Tonner, for Mr. Ebanks, said his client was genuinely
sorry for his actions and was ready to accept whatever sentence the court chose
to impose.

“Mr. Ebanks states that he is a thief, a liar and a drug
addict. He has pleaded guilty and he now asks the court to sentence him. That
is not to say that he wants to go to prison but he appreciates that it is time
for him to take responsibility for what he has done,”
Mr. Tonner said. 

Justice Quin adjourned to consider the arguments but said a
jail term would be imposed and ordered Mr. Ebanks be imprisoned pending his
full judgment.

For more on this story, check Friday’s Caymanian Compass.

joey ebanks

Mr. Ebanks