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Former HSA security staffers cleared of fraud charges

A jury on Tuesday found two former Health Services Authority employees not guilty of fraud charges relating to overtime.

HSA security staffers on trial for fraud

Two government employees accused of defrauding the Health Services Authority of thousands of dollars found themselves on trial in the Grand Court earlier today.

Moss, Watson and Webb charged with fraud

Charmaine Moss, Jeffrey Webb and Canover Watson are all jointly charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud CONCACAF (Confederation, North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football).

Updated: Police capture suspected fraudster

Police are seeking a suspected fraudster who flew into Grand Cayman last week.
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Man arrested for bribing public officer

Anti-Corruption Commission investigators and police arrested a 55-year-man from Newlands on Wednesday in an ongoing fraud and bribery investigation.

Three immigration officers found guilty of fraud conspiracy

Of five immigration officers charged with conspiracy to commit fraud on the government, three were found guilty by a Grand Court jury on Tuesday, with the other two officers found not guilty.

English test conspiracy, fraud trial nears end

A Grand Court trial now in its seventh week is nearing its end as Justice Philip St. John-Stevens was scheduled to continue summing up the matter on Monday.
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Scotiabank targets fraud with transaction alerts

Scotiabank recently launched its new alerts feature for debit and credit card transactions, which gives real-time notification once a debit or credit card transaction is conducted.

Evidence concluded in immigration conspiracy trial

Evidence concluded late Friday in the trial of five immigration officers and two civilians charged with conspiracy to commit fraud against the government.

Court upholds order freezing accounts tied to fraud scheme

The appeals court last week denied attempts by Bahamas citizen Kelvin Leach to overturn an order freezing accounts that are alleged to be connected to money laundering and other criminal activity.

Crown concludes evidence in immigration English test trial

Grand Court did not adjourn until almost 5 p.m. on Friday, but the extended time allowed Acting Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran to conclude the presentation of evidence in the Crown’s case against five immigration officers and two civilians.

Civil servants given day off for anti-fraud training

As of last September, only 19 percent of Cayman’s 3,950 civil servants had completed government’s fraud-awareness training – an online course on the 2017 anti-fraud policy, which is designed to curtail corruption.

Permit applicant failed three of four English tests

Senior immigration officer Joey Scott gave evidence on Thursday in the trial of five immigration officers and two civilians accused of conspiracy to commit fraud on the government by arranging payments to the officers in exchange for inappropriate assistance to candidates to pass an English language test.

Immigration officers accused of fraud

The Crown’s case against five immigration officers and two civilians was opened on Monday, when prosecutor Patrick Moran detailed allegations that individuals who needed work permits were receiving improper assistance with an English language test in exchange for money.

Cayman Islands police warn of fraudulent investment company

The police are investigating reports of a fraudulent investment company purportedly based in the Cayman Islands and has warned potential investors into any companies in Cayman to carry out proper research and due diligence.

Cayman broker charged with securities fraud

The SEC has charged Cayman-based broker Oliver-Barret Lindsay together with a stock promoter and three others involved in a series of alleged penny stock fraud schemes that unraveled as a result of an FBI undercover operation and an SEC trading suspension.

Court dismisses dishonesty claim against Butterfield Bank

The Grand Court has ruled that Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd. did not act dishonestly when it failed to spot multiple fraudulent transactions from 2008-2010, causing a captive insurance company to be fleeced for about US$529,000.

Cayman’s longest court case: A ‘cauldron of fraud’

The longest and most expensive trial in Cayman Islands history concluded Thursday, as Chief Justice Anthony Smellie handed down an extensive judgment unraveling what he described as a “cauldron of fraud.”

Immigration fraud trial set for January

A trial expected to last two months has been set to start on Jan. 14, 2019, for six immigration personnel and five other defendants on charges relating to the provision of assistance to pass a required English Language Test, and arrangement of payment of a reward for providing such assistance.

Immigration fraud charges adjourned

Six public officers and six civilians appeared in Grand Court on Friday, facing charges that relate to an English-language proficiency requirement for foreign workers.

Extradition hearing still set for April 30

A Cayman resident wanted in the United States for alleged fraud appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when Crown and defense attorneys argued whether he should be bailed until his extradition hearing, set for April 30.

Bail hearing for suspect with health concerns

Iain Nigel MacKellar, who is awaiting a hearing to determine whether he will be extradited to the United States, was back in court on Friday for a conference on the status of his confinement.

2 more charged in ‘English test’ fraud

Criminal charges filed against a dozen people this week were related to a scheme to cheat the Immigration Department’s English language test for work permit holders, according to the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission.

More immigration staffers charged in fraud case

Seven more people, including three immigration officials, were charged Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation at the Immigration Department.

Three charged in immigration fraud case

Criminal charges were filed Monday against three people in an ongoing corruption investigation involving the Cayman Islands Immigration Department.

Saudi fraud trial ends this week after a year in Cayman court

After more than a year of evidence, the biggest trial in Cayman Islands history, a multibillion-dollar fraud case investigating the collapse of a Saudi business empire, is expected to come to an end this week.

Trial set for travel fraud charges

A woman charged with conspiracy to defraud pleaded not guilty on Friday and had her trial set for April 3.

Card conspirators lose sentence appeal

Two men sentenced in March for conspiracy to defraud Cayman banks with cloned credit cards have lost their appeal against the length of their prison terms.

‘Perennial fraudster’ Levitt sued by former employer

An accountant who was convicted of stealing from a Cayman Islands law firm in 2013 now faces a civil court lawsuit as the firm seeks to recover the remaining cash it says he stole.

Saudi family feud puts Cayman’s courts in international spotlight

One of Saudi Arabia’s wealthiest businessmen stands accused of a multibillion-dollar fraud as the largest trial in Cayman Islands history begins Monday.

Friends of supermarket boss ordered to pay for court no-show

Friends of a supermarket manager who left the island facing charges of dishonesty have been ordered to pay a total of $22,500 after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Funds liquidator charged in fraud case

A George Town man is now charged in connection with a fraud and money laundering investigation being conducted by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Financial Crime Unit.

Travel agent not guilty of obtaining by deception

Ingrid Scott, co-owner of Sea 2 Sky Travel Agency, was found not guilty on all 29 charges of obtaining property by deception in dealing with customers. The jury returned unanimous verdicts late Tuesday.

Travelers stranded after ticket scam, court hears

A travel agent took more than $25,000 in cash from customers but failed to provide them with valid airline tickets, a court heard Tuesday.

Two RCIPS finance employees arrested for theft

Two civilian employees in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s finance department have been arrested in connection with what authorities allege was a theft from the police service.

Family seeks to protect Aussie millionaire’s Cayman property

The daughter of Australian multimillionaire James Bruce Handford has applied to the Cayman Islands Grand Court to request that Mr. Handford’s remaining properties here be placed into receivership at the direction of the court.

Bouchard sentenced to 12 years

Michelle Bouchard was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday after a Grand Court jury found her guilty of 25 out of 26 charges of dishonesty.

BREAKING: Judge sentences Bouchard to 12 years

A Grand Court jury found Michelle Bouchard guilty of theft and other charges Thursday morning.

Jury retires to deliberate in Bouchard trial

A Grand Court jury of four men and three women retired Wednesday afternoon to consider evidence in the trial of Michelle Bouchard.

Deportation ‘likely’ after Webb guilty plea

Cayman businessman Jeffrey Webb faces up to a 20-year sentence, possible deportation and additional fines in exchange for his November guilty plea to racketeering and fraud-related charges in connection with the ongoing FIFA probe in the U.S.

Police investigating fund theft

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating the criminal complaint of a theft from a locally managed investment fund.

Defense: Bouchard journals ‘confessional’

The Crown and defense wrapped up their closing statements in Michelle Bouchard’s theft trial Tuesday, both referring at times to the defendant’s journal, extracts of which had been read out in court earlier.

Bouchard tells court letter to Handford was ‘not a contract’

A letter she wrote to James Bruce Handford on May 28, 2010 was “not a contract,” Michelle Bouchard told the court on Monday.

Crown queries defendant’s claim of being engaged

When her trial enters its third week on Monday, Michelle Bouchard is scheduled to continue being questioned by lead prosecutor Simon Russell-Flint.

Bouchard says she became engaged to her alleged victim

Michelle Bouchard and the man she is accused of stealing from became engaged in early 2012, she told Justice Paul Worsley on Thursday.

Diary tells of Bouchard’s hopes for wealth, stability

Gratitude, concerns about financial security and sexual intimacy were themes repeated in diaries Michelle Bouchard kept from January 2010.

Joint account transfers raised ‘red flags,’ court hears

The personal banker of an elderly customer told jurors “red flags” were raised when Michelle Bouchard transferred large amounts of money out of the joint account she held with the man from whom she is accused of stealing more than $2 million.

Daughter of alleged victim testifies in $2M theft trial

The daughter of millionaire James Bruce Handford, from whom defendant Michelle Bouchard is accused of stealing more than $2 million, told a Grand Court jury that her father contacted police after examining joint accounts he held with Bouchard in 2012.

Elderly theft case: Signature not genuine, expert says

Forensic document examiner Frank Norwich told jurors in the trial of Michelle Bouchard Thursday that a signature he was asked to examine was not genuine.

Home Affairs staff begins fraud training

Accounting and management staff from the Ministry of Home Affairs will attend fraud prevention and detection training over the next two weeks.

Hackers try, and fail, to scam ICTA

Online scammers did their research on the Information and Communications Technology Authority, grabbing public information about the organization’s managing director and chief financial officer in an attempt to get the regulator to wire almost $40,000 to a bank account.

Police warn public over fraudulent fundraisers

A number of churches around Grand Cayman have reported individuals conducting fraudulent fundraisers supposedly on behalf of congregations in George Town and West Bay in recent weeks.

Credit card fraudsters attempted almost 400 ATM withdrawals

Five people who conspired to defraud local banks attempted to use cloned credit cards almost 400 times within a four-day period, Crown counsel Toyin Salako said in Grand Court on Tuesday.

Sharon Lamb denies allegations made in writ

A longtime Cayman Islands trust practitioner said Friday that she acted with complete propriety and honesty in relation to the affairs of a British Virgin Islands company, which issued a writ of summons against her and the Dundee Merchant Bank late last year, alleging funds held by the BVI company were unaccounted for.
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Litigation: Skype messages show Caledonian’s trading activity in penny stock frauds

Documents submitted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to a U.S. court in February have shed new light on the involvement of Caledonian executives and clients in trading securities used in four penny stock manipulation fraud schemes.

Cloned credit cards case sent to Grand Court

Two men charged with conspiracy to defraud in relation to cloned credit cards will appear in Grand Court on March 11.

Store manager faces deception charges

The former manager of Kirk’s Market appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday on two charges of obtaining by deception.

SEC, Caledonian agree to settlement

Caledonian Bank and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have agreed to a settlement that permanently bars the Cayman bank and its subsidiaries from trading in penny stocks and imposes a $25 million fine, though the U.S. regulator says it will forgo the payment so Caledonian can pay its creditors.

Two in custody for conspiracy to defraud

Two Canadian nationals were remanded in custody after appearing in Summary Court on Monday for the charge of conspiracy to defraud.

CarePay trial: Watson begins serving sentence

Convicted fraudster Canover Watson, 45, began serving his seven-year prison sentence Friday on charges of conspiracy to defraud, fraud on the government, breach of trust and conflict of interest following a Grand Court verdict in the CarePay trial.

Court retains store manager’s passport

An application for the return of a defendant’s passport was refused on Thursday by Magistrate Grace Donalds.

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