ACC arrests public official in mystery probe

| 22/05/2019 | 32 Comments

Cayman News Service(CNS): Anti-Corruption Commission investigators alongside officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service arrested a 31-year-old man from Prospect on Wednesday in what they stated was an ongoing investigation. The man, who is a public officer, has been detained for questioning. He was arrested on suspicion of bribery of a public officer, fraud on the government, and breach of trust by a public officer, all in breach of the Anti-Corruption Law. The ACC did not reveal which of the numerous inquiries it is currently conducting this arrest relates to.

The ACC remains tight-lipped about all of its investigations but is understood to be conducting several inquiries, including allegations of corruption at the Cayman Islands Football Association and issues at the NRA.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    No point complaining about corrupt public officials or politicians on forums like this. ACC can only investigate matters given to them by the people to investigate. If we keep quiet then we get the politicians and public officials we deserve.

  2. Anon says:

    Why all this secrecy for public officials, in the UK they are named and shamed. Here if you are Caymanian they only get named if they are sacked but no details are released of their “crime”,or if they are prosecuted.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you CIG and ACC the zero tolerance for corruption has been highly evident in the past few years.

  4. Say it like it is says:

    Umpteen “investigations” by the ACC, how many convictions?. In fact how many politicians/government officials have been convicted of corruption in the last 40 years?.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes! Time for an update on CIFA. Or is the goal to sit on it for so long we all forget or die of old age?

      • Anonymous says:

        nah then we would have to look at the minister of sports during CIFA and minister fo health during the CarePay..Webb and Canover’s buddy

    • Anonymous says:

      the ACC legislation is not 40 years old! In fact Cayman is one of the first to have it and its relatively new. There have now been several government employees convicted. Under the initial ACC you had one politician that went to court but convictions ultimately don’t rest with the ACC they go to the solicitor generals office. I am not sure that its fair to speculate from your chair how long investigations last or how many the ACC can manage at any one time or if they have the adequate resources to conduct all of the enquiries let alone actual investigations. I think if you look at how many arrests have been made in just one year this suggests they have more than is manageable.

  5. Anonymous says:

    get um….if you cant do time…dont do crime…i would rather starve than go jail…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dear ACC

    Please stop going after the small fish and go after our politicians; many of whom have undeclared interest in several government projects and love to receive cash in hand.

    As they say, turkeys won’t vote for Christmas and our politicians wont adopt the Standards in Public Life legislation!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Any arrests in relation to any Cabinet status grants yet? How is that investigation going?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dude, that was <3000 people (many of them deserving), 16 years ago (over a decade beyond the legal archive limitation period for CIG records). Plenty of more contemporaneous outrages to obsess over!

      • Anonymous says:

        What you should worry about is that every year another 2000+ people have been granted permanent residency which is a direct path to Cayman Status. Over a 10 year period that’s 20,000 new Caymanians how do we sustain that.

        • Anonymous says:

          Much more than 20,000. You are ignoring spouses and children.

        • Anonymous says:

          I think they would be here whether on permit of permanently, so not a net increase, just a transition. You would see a drop in permit fees, but that’s a direct benefit to the companies employing them. Status grants were running at about 600/year, I can’t find anything newer than 2015 so it could be more than that.

        • Anonymous says:

          Aldart is giving away everything to secure his future with our largest land owner.

        • Anonymous says:

          Except you just made those numbers up. There was a big surge in PR awards when the government cleared the post 2013 backlog, but current rate is below 2000 a year and there were only a handful since 20o4. But go on – cite you source for the claim that 2000 a year have been awarded. With the exception of the one off period when the backlog of applications post Alden’s introduction of the new rules of as dealt with, you simply cannot.

          • Anonymous says:

            27,000 on work permits. If each stays for 8 years, 3,375 will qualify to apply for PR every year. Say 2000 apply and get it (almost all applicants are sucessful) then add 1 spouse and 1 child to each = could indicate 6,000 new Caymanians every year starting about 5 years from now. That would be 60,000 new Caymanians over a decade ( three times what the original poster proposed).

          • Anonymous says:

            The press said 3 weeks ago that in 2018 1700 permanent residencies were granted by the board, that’s not including by other means and dependents as well. The same report said that for the first quarter of 2019 430 have been granted so the trend is continuing. Permanent Residency is a direct route to Cayman Status. One poster said that they were already here on work permits so you would see a drop in work permit fees. that is wrong even with the grants of residency and status the work permit numbers are the most in history. The big difference is as Caymanians they can compete in the businesses as well so quite a significant difference.

            Those numbers should have you worrying much more than the one time grant of 3000 over 15 years ago.

            • Anonymous says:

              You are wrong with your numbers. The senior people paying the high fees are advancing to become Caymanian in greater numbers. Although the number of permits overall will increase, the revenue collected will go down.

      • Anonymous says:

        If bribes were paid, or undue benefit provided, it should absolutely be pursued!

        • Anonymous says:

          It was cash. It was a long time ago. There is nothing you can do. So suck it up moaners.

          • Anonymous says:

            Thank you for admitting what we all suspect. There is plenty we can do about it, including hounding those whose job it was to act. Why didn’t they?

      • Anon says:

        Only about 500 were deserving and that 3000 turned into 15000 in one fell swoop and changed the face of Cayman. As Miss Annice used to say on Joel Talk Today show “talk about crime wait ’til they bring in their basketload of children then unna gonna to see crime”.

        • 4 father says:

          8.46pm Don’t complain about the people who got status, complain about the forever man from West Bay who gave it to them without any checks on their background.

      • Anonymous says:

        I am worried only about those that were not overtly deserving, and there were many.

      • Anonymous says:

        Many not deserving..absolutely no vetting. The first tranche they “gave” away (some were sold and every politician had a list) were so undeserving they had to do second tranche and try to purify the process.

      • Anonymous says:

        It was 10,000 once you count ths spouses and kids. By the way, if many of the kids were not vetted or granted status, why are they still here?

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