EX-tennis club boss surrenders to jail

| 02/04/2019 | 37 Comments
Cayman News Service

Rob Seward (Photo courtesy Cayman 27)

(CNS): The former general manager and head pro-trainer at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, Rob Seward (46), handed himself in to the authorities Tuesday, ahead of admissions he intends to make regarding allegations that he stole around $100,000 from the club. Seward volunteered to begin serving time for the inevitable custodial sentence when he is convicted of the theft and fraud charges relating to money he took from the South Sound club’s bank accounts in incremental amounts between March 2017 and January 2018.

Seward, who is originally from the United States, was charged last May but initially denied the allegations. He was due to face trial this week, but when he answered bail Tuesday, the court heard that the crown and defense had been in discussions and the ex tennis-pro was going to plead guilty.

The basis for that plea has not yet been agreed, but given that Seward is intending to admit the theft and was aware he would go to jail, he opted to hand himself in to start serving his time.

Although he has not made any formal pleas, by making this voluntary move and getting his jail time started, he demonstrated his willingness to concede his guilt, which will be taken into account by the judge once his jail term is determined.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He drank too much, and he stole. DOUBLE FAULT!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    i rather stay poor or starve than go jail…nah sah. nope…

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  3. Out of here! says:

    Deportation and personna non grata. Why should we have to feed him and take up space at the prison ?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Deportation Order?

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  5. Jen Taylor says:

    Was he convicted of racketeering?

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Whacky private sector again. No internal controls to prevent theft.

    This used to happened in the civil service but is now more prevalent in the private sector. Come on private sector get your act together.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Game, set and match.

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  8. Say it like it is says:

    Hardly rocket science, he has done this solely to reduce his sentence by one third. If he did steal as much as $100,000 this execrable man should spend at least 5 years behind bars, and much longer if he does not repay what he stole.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Those who don’t Rob obviously do not know what extreme pressure led to this. The pay back has been made and he is truly remorseful.

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      • Anonymous says:

        He wouldn’t have to feel remorseful had he done the right thing. He saw the opportunity to steal and he did it. Why then should he feel any remorse? Stealing is stealing, you can’t paint a different picture.

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      • Anonymous says:

        There is nothing that justifies stealing.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I do know Rob & know there were lots of people who would have helped him with his many issues (including excessive drinking) but he chose to steal. Plain & simple. Not once, but many many times over a period of time. He was trusted & that’s how he got away with it for quite some time.
        If he was truly remorseful he would have admitted guilt immediately.
        What restitution has he made? Has he even apologised to the club members & board for breaching their trust & friendship. NO

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        • Anonymous says:

          You obviously have not been folllowing the case too closely. Restitution has been made and while he had his demons, he is remorseful.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Because he is remorseful he should get a shorter sentence? Rediculous he should get max penalty. Is it something in the water here that people just think they are above the law and owed something?

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      • Cess Pita says:

        9.49pm You have to admit he lived up to his name!.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Extreme pressure? Give me a break. Rob saw an opportunity and took full advantage of it. Glad to learn that he has fessed up.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Should have fessed up immediately AND said where/what/how he took the money so that some members did not have spend many hours voluntarily checking back through all his book keeping – once they were alerted to the forged cheques etc etc
          Remorse now? Guilty now. Please. He’s just trying to cut his sentence.

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      • Al Catraz says:

        Those who knew Rob obviously knew well enough not to help him out with those “extreme pressures”.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Guess he didn’t have an ace up his sleeve after all.

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