Preliminary inquiry for NBF case

A criminal case involving payments from the previous government’s Nation Building Fund that police allege were obtained through the passing of forged documents will go to a long form preliminary inquiry in October.

A preliminary inquiry is essentially a court hearing that takes place to determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. A long-form inquiry would go over much of the same evidence to be presented at a trial.

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall set a date of Oct. 9 for the preliminary inquiry in the government’s case against Newlands resident Sandra Catron. Acting on behalf of Ms. Catron, attorney Nicholas Hoffman said Tuesday that it was his intention to take the matter to the Grand Court.

Ms. Catron is charged with nine counts of uttering a false document, essentially passing a fake record to someone else. It is alleged that Ms. Catron used the bogus records to support payments from the Nation Building Fund she received for teaching a paralegal instruction course.

She has previously denied the charges.

The Cayman Compass previously reported on the police investigation into Ms. Catron’s alleged involvement in receiving payments from the Nation Building Fund, which has been the subject of an auditor general’s office audit, as well as other undisclosed police investigations since last year.

Police confirmed in September 2013 that officers were conducting a criminal investigation into more than $50,000 received by a Cayman Islands resident – Ms. Catron – from the former United Democratic Party government’s Nation Building Fund.