Woman admits stealing $400k from employers

| 13/01/2019 | 129 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands courts, Grand Cayman

(CNS): Nadia Miranda Powery pleaded guilty Friday to stealing over US$400,000 from her former employer, Cayman Villas, between November 2015 and December 2016, when she worked there as an accountant. Powery was charged with several counts of theft as well as obtaining property by deception and forgery relating to cheques she paid to herself. Despite admitting to stealing a significant amount of cash, Powery, who is from Bodden Town, was bailed to return to court later this month, when one outstanding charge which she has not yet answered will be addressed and a sentencing date set.

With Powery’s travel documents already surrendered to the court, the crown accepted a $10,000 surety and did not object to bail until sentencing, when the local woman is expected to face jail time, given the amount of money stolen.

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  1. Would state my name but the BAD MIND on here is real! says:

    After reading most of these comments I am disgusted, Not only by the actions of Nadia but by the senseless comments of many who obviously were very close to her. These people must have been some type of friend to her once, yes you have all right speak on your disgust of her actions, on the disappointment you feel, what the hell express your pity for her and her children but to dig a hole deeper and speak so low on a person you once were friends woth Don’t speak highly of you, it show a special breed of “BAD MIND” You are no better than her if this is what you say of someone you obviously called a friend. Yes she completely ruin her live and possibly the lives of her children but she is handling this with grace, which starts with admitting your wrongs. Nadia, I don’t know you but I feel for you and your children, it’s unfortunate that this is a situation that you have placed yourself in but like they say when you are this low, the only way to go is up. I will pray you continue to endure this as gracefully as you have been and I will say a special prayer for the “BAD MIND” that is all over this page!! Good luck as may God be with you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great going, Nadia…… branded as a thief forever.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I only hope she put that money to good use. People been stealing in Cayman for years especially those criminals in government, not to mention PWD. But the God I am serving will give them what they deserve in due course.. Let me run and get back to making a honest living….

  4. Anonymous says:

    John 8:7 King James Version (KJV)

    7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

    I expect going forward anyone that has something to say about this lady to come forward and stop hiding behind the anonymous post. Just Incase you forgot your sin let the private investigators on here help you find it!

    • Anonymous says:

      KMT people like you are sucking Cayman down!! You didn’t post with your name as your moniker so please, quit. Really and truly what difference does it make whether I post with my name or not?? You all are disgusting. Wrong is wrong. and she is $400k and more wrong!

    • Anonymous says:

      I remember the “Thou shall not steal” bit. I believe it was one of the big no-no’s.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How could this happen in the private sector. I am sure the money was not stolen in a day. I keep reading on CNS about good the private sector is and the civil service is not good.

    But from my reading and research the private sector is much worse than the civil service. Again how could this happen in the private sector.

    If you say it can happen anywhere. Which I agree with. Then don’t ever Criticize the civil service again.

    • Anonymous says:

      Clearly they don’t have literacy standards in the CS any more.

    • Anonymous says:

      She was the accountant so of course she hid her theft! They probably found out when they did the audit. You will always be found out and an accountant should know better! She should have her license yanked so can’t do it to anyone else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Small companies are extremely challenged. The principals often wear multiple hats trying to grow their dream. They fall victim to people who gain their trust as they’re in great need of someone to help them. The thief often goes above and beyond to appear as a helping hand. Eager and helpful, gaining trust daily, and weekly until they gain the access to the money and other resources.
      People like these are like baby sitters who turn out to be child molesters.
      They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It doesn’t seem like this is her first rodeo. So, how come other employers who may have experienced her “sticky fingers” didn’t warn others? Are references no longer used?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes they are but references are mainly vague statements about how long a person worked at said business. Details about why they “left” are usually not included.

    • Anonymous says:

      Once the details come out you will see that this wasn’t done for greed but desperation. It’s eays to kick someone when they are down.

      • Anonymous says:

        Bullshit. Desperate for flights, motorcycles, parties, friends etc…..

      • Anonymous says:

        she was desperate and needed over $400,000?! Are you saying that her employer should be sympathetic and not kick her when she stole the money because shes down?

      • Anonymous says:

        400k worth of desperation?

      • Anonymous says:

        6:40pm That is such a load of cr@#….. This woman flaunted her “good fortune” and lived the high life, driving fancy sport cars, buying motorbikes, going on trips, buying a house, and her house looked like a best buy! She didn’t spend a penny on so called “desperation”. She is a mother of many and she didn’t give 2 thoughts to her kids during this time. Even if she was desperate you don’t steal from people like this. $400,000 wasn’t enough for her so then she had to go steal $40,000 plus from Saxon. I see she has fooled another.

        Maybe her baby daddy should have gotten off his butt and gotten and job, but instead he has been charged with numerous crimes himself. Just look it up on the cause list in the court system; gambling, drugs, stolen property etc.

        They are real winners!

      • Anonymous says:

        Boo hoo. It’s theft.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry, $400,000 is not desperation- it’s theft pure and simple

  7. Anonymous says:

    @11:08 pm Let the Judge be the judge.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to Cayman Villas for being willing to go to the police. Too many businesses don’t and the same thing happens to the next employer; and the next; and the next……

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree! Its been incredible to read what happens on CNS when these crimes are reported. In fact it encourages employers not to take action and then we wonder why these criminals circulate in the work force.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Check the small print when you open a bank account or ask your bank now what their policy is on forged signatures and them not doing their due diligence on behalf of their customers when there is suspicious, unusual activity. You will be shocked

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. When I opened my account years ago, there was a blurb about [the bank] not will not be held responsible for any transfers of money by me or anyone purporting to be me. That’s a rough paraphrase. I simply lined that out, and initialed it. The agreement was signed, and I was given a copy. Days later I was contacted and asked to fill out a new agreement, as changes weren’t allowed. I refused.

      These agreements are a contract. You have the right to amend a contract, and the other entity has a right to accept or refuse it. I just got lucky that the BM was careless. That doesn’t mean that I am protected in any way if my funds suddenly disappear, as none of the accounts in the Cayman Islands are insured.

  10. Anonymous says:

    …also runs a prohibited Bulldog Kennel:


  11. Anonymous says:

    January 20, 2014: “Nadia Powery joins the team from the Westin Resort and hails from the district of West Bay. With a BA in Marketing from Florida University and eight years B2B sales experience, Powery is looking forward to bringing her unique skill set to the (Digicel) team.”

    “I am beyond excited to be a part of such a customer-driven and focused company. where I can expand my skills and knowledge. Telecommunications is such a fast-paced industry and I am proud to be a part of it right here in Cayman,” said Powery.


  12. Anonymous says:

    What about any associates (boyfriend/friends/family) who assisted? For example, cashed/deposited cheques fraudulently written? Should they not be charged with receiving the proceeds of crime?

    • Anonymous says:

      They certainly should have been. Proceeds of criminal conduct recipients? Why is this any different from the UCCI president’s case?

    • Anonymous says:

      She had many. When I try to mane them CNS wont post my comment.

      CNS: No, you cannot accuse people of a crime in the comment section.

  13. Right ya so says:

    Companies need to stop the “no prosecution” practice and check references every time – whether local or foreign, it’s not complicated. For some reason the banks in particular think it’s embarrassing or that it shows they don’t have enough controls in place & therefore don’t prosecute – people will always find a way to steal if they want it enough, no amount of internal controls will prevent theft. But shame is one of the biggest deterrents of all so how about doing your civic duty & pressing charges.

  14. Anonymous says:

    She’ll end up bunking with Bouchard. Birds of a feather flock together!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wonder if the judge will use the Rob Aspinnal sentence as guidance in sentencin…. dollar amount and circumstances of trust are similar. She shouldn’t get any more time than him… that at least seems logical. We shall see.

  16. Dreadlock Holmes says:

    With her skills she should get a job in government.

  17. Anonymous says:

    At least she pled guilty. That avoids a lengthy costly trial. Will lead to a shorter sentence so she can get out and do it to the next employer.
    The number of people caught for theft and then getting another job (and thieving from that one too) has to tell you something!!!!

  18. SKEPTICAL says:

    Any company that has such poor internal controls that it allows the theft of $400,000 of their cash doesn’t deserve to stay in business

  19. Anonymous says:

    $400k in 13 months? She must have been stealing from the owners of the condos Cayman Villas rents, not just from the company! Did the owners get their money back?

    • Anonymous says:

      I highly doubt it. That amount of spondoolies is gone gone gone for EVER.
      But yeah, how did she Get that amount and not get noticed???

    • Anonymous says:

      That is a very inflammatory and dangerous statement. Companies like this keep some money in trust for some owners and practically none for others. Be careful before you attack a company’s reputation like this.

      • Anonymous says:

        Don’t we think the reputation of a business those holds money in trust for others but that seemingly failed to spot $400k leaking from its own coffers until it was gone speaks for itself a little bit?

        • Anonymous says:

          Very small companies often have to trust people. You will find that even audits for the year end may not start for months. The dates indicate that she was only there for a calendar year. I doubt she started stealing immediately.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Deportation order!

  21. Anonymous says:

    First off why is it you all think this person is not caymanian clearly requesting for travel documents means its only for reasons that a person might flee the island caymanian or not you all don’t even know what could have even led this woman do what she done. Second all you people do is discriminate people, as y’all sh*t don’t stink! They are a lot thieves on this island they just haven’t been caught!, at least this lady admit to what she done never once denied it and woman enough to plea guilty to her actions. We all make mistakes in life put our selves in situation we never thought we would just because some of you ain’t in her shoes means you are any different. Some of you on Here sitting behind unknown names comment petty stuff some of you are In fact bad mind and haters at least you all can’t call this woman a petty thief going to jail for 2 dollars despite the fact that maybe what she might have been accused for might not even be the amount she really took because we know people live in lies and because someone made a mistake they would rather pin more than that on some one actually to just see them get destroyed. “So John Doe took 100 dollars but he instead he was said to take 2000 dollars”. Stop insulting and discriminating people!! And if it’s anything I have to say to this woman is hold your head up we all came from nothing to something we all know what is to hit brick walls and be in position that lead us down a rough road I’m sure you won’t make a mistake like this again and after all you will rise up again wishing and hoping the best for you not the worst and don’t worry about petty and bitter people. Let God be your guide!!! we are all not perfect and despit anyone actions in life the things that are wished upon and said out of negativity still isn’t necessary. I’ve sit here read every artical on people always seeing negative stuff being said but hey small island and nothing but bad mind and very nosey and hateful people. May God be with this place because even the media never gets their story right and as well makes you look even worst out there and the system that is set up to make lower people fail no matter what. STOP JUDGING!

    • Anonymous says:

      yes, but the real question is…why steal?! It really isn’t worth it. It’s not an if, it’s a when you will get caught situation always. So why do it?
      It seriously baffles the heck out of me. You have now just made your life exponentially harder. It’s hard enough to find good work. She has just made it that much harder for herself.

      • Anonymous says:

        I get your point but have stop to realize maybe people hit road blocks in life and see a way even though they might not want to do it and do it? What if she did go through some hard times that led her to do what she did and by that made her for carried away in what she done, some of these people on here commenting maybe knew personally and just saying sh*t to make her sound worst than she is because of just hate! But either way that’s my opinion every dog have their days who are we to discriminate and judge! Have a blessed day

        • Woof woof says:

          12.20pm she must have gone through some extremely hard times, and by the way she is not a dog, please get it right.

    • Anonymous says:

      11.08 pm something is wrong with you. You CLEARLY have no idea who she is. I’m sure she’s toned it down over the last 2 years or so because this was going to be aired eventually. They were living the quite FAB and HYPE life – and this was why!!! She deserves to be put away for a while – and just to add – this wasn’t her first rodeo!! She is a veteran at what she does. It’s a shame. A real shame that the other places she took funds from didn’t prosecute. I hope they notice what that does.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sounds like another hater! You clearly know more and if so seems like pretty s dumb company or companies to not prosecute her for that seems maybe all this talk is you hating behind anonymous comments and sh*t to make her sound worst but either way let my comment sit and rub in aint need no one to like it or not but truth is the truth!! and not just speaking on her issue but everyone else’s issues that hit news that you all sit and bash as well discriminate. Stop Judging!

        • Anonymous says:

          12.12 I’m certainly not a hater! I get up every day and bust my ass to get for myself. I don’t walk around and rob from every place that ever hired me. If I can’t afford it, I leave it alone. I save for something if I really want it. I don’t live to keep up with the Jones’. I know her all too personally, and that’s why I can say what I’ve said. You go hire her and the likes and let’s see how YOUR business does. I hope she doesn’t rob the wind out of your lungs. Just so you know – A LOT of Caymanian businesses don’t prosecute their own. They usually arrange something between themselves out of Court and most of the time the money doesn’t ever get paid back!

          • Anonymous says:

            You sound really experienced on this process, should we be concerned??

            • Anonymous says:

              Insert “LOL” here. You really made me chuckle. 1.27 I’m not an ignorant, simple minded person with my head in the sand. I guess that part should concern you…and this too- I’m a young, educated, working Caymanian single mother who happens to know Nadia and her family very well.

              While reading some of these comments, I realize why some people here turn out to be what they become. When wrong is clearly done you look for all the reasons and excuses for why it’s just a little bit right! Idiots.

          • anonymous says:

            1.12pm I’m sure you are right about failure to prosecute, it’s exactly the same with paedophiles in the family, there are an awful lot of sick predators here that get away with their disgusting behaviour.

            • Anonymous says:

              They hide because of shame, embarrassment. Not realizing what the ripple on effects later on will be. While portraying to be what they are not. It’s disgusting. Really.

        • Anonymous says:

          You first, Sir or Madame. You sound like a Sir.

          It’s not hate to condemn a criminal. If, when she has served her sentence, she is still villified, then I will join you in her defence.

        • John Ruth says:

          Clearly we are haters because who loves a thief?

    • Anonymous says:

      I love the “STOP JUDGING” part … after you write 30 lines judging everyone else!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Without HARD evidence, no one can be charged wifh stealing over $400,000 if they only stole $2. She has admitted she stole that amount.

    • Anonymous says:

      First of all you need to learn how to use punctuation marks…. anyhow you are on here jumping to defend someone who, took funds to spend so foolishly on what???? To make people believe she had it all and could afford it? She has nothing to show and will now be taken away from her kids, all for what, being dishonest! I am pretty sure no one commenting here is a hater of Miss. Powery, I hell for sure wouldn’t want to be in her shoes then, or now! I love my freedom too much and she is a damn adult, she knows right from wrong.

      From one anonymous to another (since you blasting people for being anonymous, maybe you should state your true identity……just a thought, or maybe you just don’t want anyone to know you are associated with such a thief ?)

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop judging her, as you are judging us?

      It would have been laudable if she had come forward before being caught. OF COURSE she confessed in light of overwhelming evidence.

      I’ll tell you something. I’ve been all the way to the bottom — homeless, jobless, wutless. I never once became a thief. Not once. I was drug dependent and dragged my wutless ass up and started over.

      I will agree with you on this: I hope she begins her life anew after serving her sentence and discovers her true purpose, and she will be in my prayers.

    • Anonymous says:

      Long statement but still bull

  22. Anonymous says:

    woman stealing again???? cheez….sticky fingers

  23. Anonymous says:

    I agree- Powery is not a Bodden Town last name, more like a West Bay last name

  24. Anonymous says:

    Powery is not a Bodden Town name but she may be one of the thousands of Jamaicans now in BT who married a Caymanian.

    • Anonymous says:

      You could’ve stopped right there at powery not being a historically “Bodden Town” name (which is correct) but the racist tirade had to ensue about her being possibly Jamaican. Sorry but some Jamaican nationals and pr holders of Jamaican descent aren’t the only ones committing crimes here. Haven’t you stopped to think she could also be a caymanian married to a Caymanian ? Who said she was even married at all ? The fact remains that whomever commits crime within these islands ruin it for all of us, local or expat. There are other ways to address the issues facing the Cayman Islands right now without being discriminatory towards one group of people without knowing the facts. And that goes for the trolls citing deportation order at every disappointing headline, because not every person convicted of crime in the Cayman Islands is caymanian.

      • Anonymous says:

        OK, 5:12 true bobo. So is she a Caymanian married to a Caymanian or what? As a born Bodden Towner I am sickened by the almost daily reports “a man from Bodden Town” when a very very large part of the time they are not Bodden Towners but lower socio economic non Caymanians living here in the multiple low rent properties that have sprung up as we continue to import poverty to do the work our own Caymanians won’t do.

      • Anonymous says:

        If she is from here, she gets to stay. If she is not from here, she gets to stay. Why is that? Our laws are clear! The frustration you see from many Caymanians on these blogs is because a number of persons have come here, commit crimes, and then are called sons and daughters of this soil when nothing may be further from the truth.

        Why are our laws not being followed?

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you entertain the possibility she moved to Bodden Town at some stage in time, from West Bay or G.T.?

    • Anonymous says:

      Uh oh. Somebody’s hate is showing.

    • Anonymous says:

      To make such comments one has to be both seriously racist and inbred.

      • Anonymous says:

        To ignore truth is to be hideously racists. Trendy racists baiting is on its way out from an overuse of that word. So keep using it until it has no meaning anymore.

    • Anonymous says:

      FYI – there are no native Caymanians…

      • Anonymous says:

        Native in this day and age is a relative term that shifts with time and you know it. Call us by another name. You know what the heck the person is saying. FYI.

    • Anonymous says:

      She is a West Bayer, not that it matters.

  25. Anonymous says:

    A deportation order?

  26. Anonymous says:

    Deportation order?

  27. anonymous says:

    Did her employers take some time to notice the theft or is this yet another example of the wheels of justice crawling along at a snail’s pace. Recently we have seen a number of guilty pleas which avoid the necessity to prepare a case for prosecution but at the cost of reducing the defendant’s sentence by a third.Hopefully the CPS under new leadership will now improve their delivery of justice.

    • Anonymous says:

      The wheels of justice turning slowly. Some time obviously did elapse which is why so many small businesses get taken advantage of. They trust and take quite a while to notice irregularities. At least this business took it to the Police unlike too many other small/medium employers. It is highly likely this was not her first sticky finger episode.

    • Anonymous says:

      The justice system here are for the criminals. The victims whether its people or companies are left to suffer with the all the delays. This has been in the court system for just over 2 years! Who knows how may other ppl she worked for in the meantime. There is Office Supply and Saxon(we all know she stole from Saxon) wonder if she stole from Office Supply as well. Good for Cayman Villas and Saxon for bringing this serial criminal to justice. This woman needs to be stopped. The worst part about it is because she pled guilty they will automatically reduce her sentence by 33% and then they will properly reduce its further because she has children. She should get 10+ yrs for her crimes but will probably be out in 2yrs and right back at it….. I see comments from ppl who are shocked to see her in the news. She is a Master manipulator and has fooled many.
      Sadly Cayman Villas and Saxon will never see a penny back, but they did something about it regardless of the possible damage to their reputations. Someone had to put a halt to her ways…… Alleged companies she has stolen from: Office Supply, Rubis, Westin, Digicel……. Confimed companies: Cayman Villas and Saxon.

  28. Sticky Fingers much says:

    And she stole from Saxon too.


    • Anonymous says:

      How do they manage to get away with for so long. Is there ever an audit done. Pay an auditor to audit your businesses every year, Doesn’t matter whether she is Bodden Towner, CAymanian or not, they need to have to forfeit everything they own and spend a long time in prison. They are only making it harder for the rest of us who desperately need employment.

      • Anonymous says:

        Apparently either she was very good at hiding the fraud or there were no audits.

      • Anonymous says:

        False employer references.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not everyone can afford an auditor, especially very small businesses.

        • Anonymous says:

          If this small business made enough to have $400k to steal, it made enough to afford an auditor.

          • Anonymous says:

            You obviously have no idea how long it takes a small business to save up over $400,000 in profit. Most small businesses are not audited and if some are, they are probably worked on long after the year end. It isn’t an instant process you know!

    • Anonymous says:

      And the Westin, Rubis, Digicel and others. But no one wanted to be in the press so they let her go without charging her. Because of this she was able to continue her thieving ways

      • Anonymous says:

        Office Supply

      • Anonymous says:

        12.05 and now, all of those business should get together and write a letter to the Judge. She needs to do some hard time! Honestly. I’ve counted 5 businesses so far that she’s stolen from, and it wasn’t small sums of money. Pretty sure there are others!

        • Anonymous says:

          Many large companies who would be investigated by their larger corporate entities just do nothing. Self preservation often trumps justice.

        • Say it like it is says:

          12.05pm if all this is true she needs some serious prison time even with her third off, as this is the only wat to stop her stealing.

      • Anonymous says:

        Wow she sounds like a serial crook! All these chances and still kept up her thieving ways. smh

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