No record of Florida fugitive in Cayman

| 16/11/2017 | 17 Comments
Cayman News Service

Joseph Burke (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

(CNS): Local authorities say they have no record of a fugitive from Pasco County, Florida, being in the Cayman Islands, following news reports in the United States that Joseph Burke (53) may have fled here after scamming another man out of $100,000 in a house sale con. “Currently there is no record of the individual being on island, nor have there been any sightings of him thus far,” an RCIPS spokesperson stated. CNS checked with the authorities following postings on social media that had raised concerns about the con man hiding out in Cayman. According to the local news channel WFLA, Burke may have come to Cayman with the money he had taken as a deposit for the home he was selling.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is quoted as saying that the cash had come from victim’s settlement money from a plane crash he was in while in the Navy. But he did not have any receipts or a contract for the down payment.

The victim claimed he went by Burke’s home in June after handing over the $100,000 and saw someone else moving into the house. When he confronted the family, they said they closed on the house and asked him to leave their property. He called the realtor, who said the house had been purchased legally and she knew nothing about his down payment. The victim said Burke stopped returning his phone calls and disappeared.

Deputies said they believed he could be in the Cayman Islands but there was no reason given for that assumption.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please the powers that be ‘we need to proactively start screening/weeding’ out these people . There are far too many sailing in and out of these islands. It’s got to stop. It’s a shame what is going on.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Finger prints (or “fingure paints”) are frought with problems. TSA, casinos, and secure installations are now using facial recognition and iris scans. All of these biometrics (including ones from 30 years ago) are well beyond the budget, and capability of our limited-effort bumbling agencies. Whose criminal database would we run these against, and how would we access that ever-changing data in real time? Who would pay, have access, and what would be the best-case criminal detection rate to offset the cost? Don’t hold your breathe.

  3. Cracka says:

    Cave dweller type

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is he Lord Lucan?

  5. Anonymous says:

    if we had the fingure printing system he wouldn’t make it out the airport!! PPM GET THE FINGURE PAINTING SYSTEM!

    • East End Resident says:

      Hahahaha, you made my day with this comment. I just spat my coffee over the computer screen. I would love to see a finger painting system in place at the airport. Unless you can do a presentable finger painting of a turtle, you aren’t allowed in. Of course the queues at immigration would take longer, but it would be oh so worth it! People can be handed a small canvas and set of paints as they leave the aircraft and can complete their masterpieces as they queue to get their passports checked and the finger prints taken.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree 9.18, all tourists have to draw or “fingure paint” something and enter them in a competition- first prize- a week at the Speaker, 2nd prize, 2 weeks with the Speaker.

      • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

        Whomever institutes your dream will get my vote. :up:

  6. Anonymous says:

    One thing is for sure, if he is here, he won’t be leaving with the $100,000 🙂 Welcome to Cayman!!

  7. "Anonymousir" says:

    all fugitives are here. and no records? maybe because they DID NOT TRAVEL under their real name! DUH!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Check Windsor Park

  9. ? says:

    For the love of God ! Please inplament the finger print data base that is sitting on the shelf collecting dust, all sorts of strange people staying in my house.

    • Fred the Piemaker says:

      Of course, the system would have to have access to the fingerprints of wanted felons in the home country of a person seeking entry – good luck with that.

      Anyhow, how come you let strange people stay in your house? Do you work for Immigration?

  10. Anonymous says:

    probably working for government….

  11. Anonymous says:

    Huh? Hand over $100,000 and don’t even get a receipt or a signed contract…

  12. West bay Premier says:

    I believe I seen him at fresh horse and inforno last night , so where he is now I don’t know .

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