Trial set for Syed case

The former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands Hassan Syed will face a six-week trial on a string of dishonesty offenses, starting Sept. 7.

Syed, who has denied stealing more than $500,000 from his former employer, appeared briefly in Grand Court Friday for his trial date to be set.

He formally entered not guilty pleas on Feb. 6 to 13 charges relating to his time as head of the institution between 2006 and 2008.

He is accused of falsely claiming to have a doctorate to get the position as president of UCCI.

He is also alleged to have used his UCCI credit card for a series of fraudulent expenses and purchased a US$20,000 Mitsubishi motor car from Tony’s Toys using a UCCI check.

Other charges on the indictment include fraudulently obtaining a $70,000 salary advance from the college, falsely claiming official travel expenses for family members, and buying bathroom cabinets on his UCCI credit card.

He is also accused of submitting false invoices totalling just over $65,000 to UCCI for a company called Lominger International Services.

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