Attorneys for three women accused of defrauding the government through a scheme to pay to pass Immigration Department English-language tests mounted their defence in the Grand Court this week.

During cross-examination in the case, the prosecution’s key witness, Honduran Elsy Liseth Diaz, 49, told the jury on Monday she had never known the name of the immigration officer involved in the scheme.

Diaz and three other women are alleged to have played varying roles in providing people with assistance to pass English-language tests in exchange for money. The tests were administered by the then Immigration Department, now part of Customs and Border Control. Diaz has not been charged in the case.

A court order prevents Cayman Compass from naming the three women, who are a 59-year-old Caymanian, and two Hondurans, aged 36 and 40.

“[The 40-year-old] woman told me that if I failed the English test I would have to pay $600 to the immigration officer to get a passing grade,” said Diaz. “But they never told me the name of the officer.”

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The 59-year-old woman is alleged to have been the immigration officer, who used her senior position within the department to provide Diaz with a passing grade – after Diaz failed her exam.

The women deny the allegations.

The trial continues Wednesday.

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