Former Cayman Islands Tennis Club manager Rob Seward

Robert Todd Seward appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday facing 72 charges that include theft of US$22,856.21 and CI$116,398 from the Cayman Islands Tennis Club.

Mr. Seward, 46, was the club’s manager and head professional at the time of the offenses.

The thefts are alleged to have taken place between March 15, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018.

Defense attorney Prathna Bodden told Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez that she had received a copy of the charges and she was asking the Crown to review them because there were so many. She submitted that the case did not require that large number of charges and the Crown had agreed to condense them.

At present, Mr. Seward faces two counts of theft, 23 charges of forgery, 22 charges of obtaining property by deception, 22 charges of uttering a forged document, one charge of converting and transferring criminal property, and two charges of concealing or disguising criminal property.

Ms. Bodden asked that her client’s bail be continued until the next mention date.

Crown counsel Aaliyah McCarthy asked that a surety be required.

The magistrate inquired as to Mr. Seward’s status on island and was told he had permanent residence. The charge sheet identified his nationality as American.

Ms. Bodden also advised that her client’s passport was being held by police and he did not have the wherewithal to travel anyway, because his means were subject to a restraining order.

The magistrate required a local surety in the sum of $5,000.

The court issued a number of bail conditions on Mr. Seward. He is not to contact any member or employee of the tennis club or to come within 100 yards of the premises; he is to report to the George Town police station twice per week during specified hours and notify police if he changes his address; and he is not to come within 100 yards of any port of departure.

The next mention date was set for Tuesday, May 22.

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