Canover Watson appeal filed

Three Court of Appeal sessions scheduled for this year

Defense attorney Ben Tonner confirmed on Friday that an appeal has been filed on behalf of Canover Watson, who was found guilty earlier this month of various fraud-related charges.

Mr. Tonner instructed lead counsel Trevor Burke for the trial.

On Feb. 4, a jury returned unanimous verdicts against Watson on two charges of conspiracy to defraud, one charge of fraud on the government, one charge of conflict of interest and one charge of breach of trust by a public official. Also unanimous was a not guilty verdict on a charge of money laundering.

On Feb. 5, Grand Court Justice Michael Mettyear sentenced Watson, 45, to seven years imprisonment.

The charges against him arose from an investigation into the 2010 award of a public hospital contract for a swipe-card payment system, known as CarePay, for Cayman Islands National Insurance Company customers. Watson was chairman of the Health Services Authority board of directors at the time the contract was awarded.

He was accused, along with his business partner and friend Jeffrey Webb, of orchestrating a scheme that skimmed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the contract.

It was not immediately known when the appeal would be heard.

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has not yet met this year, but three sessions are scheduled for 2016: April 4 – 22; Aug. 15 – Sept. 3; and Oct. 31 – Nov. 18.