CarePay defendants to face more Grand Court charges

Two of the three defendants now charged in the criminal probe involving a Cayman Islands public hospital system business contract had the charges against them transmitted to Grand Court following a Summary Court appearance Tuesday.

Cayman Islands businessman Canover Watson and his personal assistant Miriam Rodriguez are due to appear in court again on Friday, July 17.

The two are currently scheduled for a Nov. 2 trial in the Grand Court. They are free on bail under the same conditions already stipulated by the court in earlier proceedings.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran said the Crown would seek to join all charges against Watson and Rodriguez together.

The third defendant in the case, former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb, was not mentioned in Tuesday’s court appearance. He is currently being held in Switzerland awaiting extradition to the U.S. in connection with a racketeering and bribery case involving world football’s governing body.

Webb, Watson and Rodriguez were jointly charged Friday with one count of conspiracy to convert criminal property, contrary to the Cayman Islands Penal Code.

In addition, Watson and Webb were jointly charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud, contrary to common law and one count of breach of trust by a public officer, contrary to the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Law.

Watson was already facing 10 charges in the Cayman Islands Grand Court, including six charges for alleged money laundering. Rodriguez was already facing two charges of money laundering in the Grand Court.