Shutter fitter jailed for five years for fraud on clients

| 25/03/2024 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Garfield Antonio Robb, who was convicted of nine counts of obtaining property by deception last year, has been jailed for five years after conning clients out of at least $15,400 over a period of almost seven years between 2014 and 2020. Robb was convicted after trial for various scams, including accepting money for jobs and simply not doing the work or using old shutters that didn’t work.

CNS understands that Robb continued to work as a shutter fitter while he was out on bail and awaiting the sentencing hearing. However, he was remanded into custody on Friday.

Robb maintained his innocence at the hearing and insisted that he did not owe money to any customers. He said the work he had been paid to do was done, and any delays were due to health problems. However, he was convicted at trial after a number of witnesses testified that he had shown no remorse for the money he took from people who could ill-afford it.

Several of Robb’s victims had complained about him to the RCIPS as early as 2015, but police officers had brushed off the complaints as civil disputes and did not act. As a result, he was able to carry on conning clients for another six years. The RCIPS only became involved after dozens of victims told their stories of being conned to Cayman Marl Road. The issue became the subject of host Sandy Hill’s morning show and eventually led to a full investigation.

As he handed down his sentence, Justice Franks Williams agreed with the prosecution that Robb’s offences also amounted to a breach of trust, as he was in a position of strength and made false promises that he didn’t keep. “The offences were not opportunistic but planned,” the judge said, noting Robb’s lack of effort to compensate victims over the many years he had scammed them and that he had little empathy for his victims.

Robb was sentenced to two years in prison for each count relating to four victims to run concurrently. But he was handed a further three years for each of the counts relating to another five victims, which will run concurrently with each other but on top of the two years. His sentence was, therefore, a total of five years.

The judge also ordered that Robb must compensate the victims for the money he took from them, though Robb insisted he had no money.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    A fit of shudders to ponder that the shutter fitter was found faulty, while scammed citizens sang out and same stat senior constables sat in silence.

  2. Anonymous says:

    LOL.

    As if people can’t see that Sandra is sliding into the comments multiple times to praise herself for her ‘investigative’ journalism. Her narcissism and immaturity are so nauseating.

    Rumour has it she will soon be in court again.

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  3. Elvis says:

    Open and close case that

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cayman Marl Road has its flaws, yes because Sandra can’t always help herself from crossing some lines. BUT CMR is the ONLY “media” in Cayman which has the balls to call out improprieties – public and private!!

    When she criticises Govt, they hate her; when she supports Govt, they love her. When she calls out any irregular activity in the private sector or individuals such as this Robb con-man and perverts, she gets assaulted in the street.

    Sandra, you are the only one acting like an investigative journalist in Cayman and believe me, there is a LOT to investigate and expose!

    CMR keep doing what you do – just turn the particular issue over on both sides a few times to be sure before you publish!!

    Other “media” in Cayman could learn some courage from CMR, perhaps with a bit more finesse?

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  5. Anonymous says:

    The cops have failed us again. And again.

    When will they be held accountable?

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    • Anonymous says:

      The Deputy Governor is preaching that accountability will come to the civil service. Ask him what his plans are.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Very ironic that he has the surname Robb, did he purposely drop the “er” off it?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    if u cant do the time…dont do the crime! i rather starve than go jail…no sah!

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Say what you want about CMR, but what you CAN’T say is that she’s not persistent. She was talking about this same scammer 3 years ago. Makes me think about all the other people she was right about.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    it’s unfortunate but CMR is a necessary evil and this case proves it. somebody needs to highlight the level on incompetence the everyday Joe have to deal with.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    shutters were always a scam…

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Respect for Sandy’s persistance!

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Take that!

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  13. Lela says:

    good! only if they could deport him and let him try that with his own People and see What would happen

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    • Annonymous says:

      His Status now needs to be revoked or else he’ll be out in couple years scamming again.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Happy to hear he finally has to answer for his crimes, but definitely not enough time as punishment. His partners in crime at the JDF FKA RCIPS should also be indicted, then the lot of them deported.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Watch, right after he gets out, he’ll do it again and again. Another Judith Douglas type crook. Should have been 10 years min.

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