Tag: bribery

Corruption case wraps up with 3 more convictions

Corruption case wraps up with 3 more convictions

| 01/11/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Three women, one of them a former immigration officer, were all convicted of corruption related offenses Thursday, wrapping up a long-running case into bribery at the immigration department relating to English language testing. After three Grand Court trials, nine of the twelve charged in the bribery conspiracy have been convicted, including several former immigration […]

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Test conspiracy involved employment agency

Test conspiracy involved employment agency

| 09/10/2019

(CNS): One of three woman facing corruption charges in an alleged bribery conspiracy over English language tests (ELTs) at immigration owns an employment agency, the crown told a jury Wednesday, as it opened its case. She recruited one of the crown’s witnesses through her agency to work as a janitor. But the woman from Honduras, […]

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Global activists highlight regional corruption

Global activists highlight regional corruption

| 24/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): More than half of all citizens in Latin American and Caribbean countries assessed by Transparency International believe corruption is getting worse in their country. In the latest report from the anti-corruption activists, people in this region think their governments are not doing enough to tackle corruption. Global Corruption Barometer–Latin America and the Caribbean found […]

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Three immigration officers convicted in conspiracy

Three immigration officers convicted in conspiracy

| 26/02/2019 | 99 Comments

(CNS): After a trial lasting more than six weeks, it took a jury less than a day to return the verdicts in an immigration conspiracy case relating to bribes in connection with the English Language Test. Seven people, five of whom were immigration officers, were tried and only one civilian woman walked away without a […]

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Immigration officer denies messages reveal corruption

Immigration officer denies messages reveal corruption

| 06/02/2019

(CNS): A senior immigration officer who is currently facing trial in a corruption case relating to bribes over the English Language Test at the department has emphatically denied that messages submitted as evidence against him show his involvement in that conspiracy. Taking the witness stand on Tuesday, he told the court that the messages related […]

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Text translations ‘best guess’, witness admits

Text translations ‘best guess’, witness admits

| 29/01/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The lead translator who worked on phone messages that form a major part of the crown’s case against seven defendants accused of making or taking bribes in a conspiracy surrounding the immigration department’s English language tests told a court that the job of translating these texts was extremely challenging, with many being just a […]

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Conspirator admits helping women pay test bribes

Conspirator admits helping women pay test bribes

| 29/01/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): A woman who has admitted her part in a conspiracy at the immigration department, in which people from Spanish-speaking countries seeking work permits pass their English test even though they don’t speak the language, told a court on Friday that she helped four of her relatives get jobs and organised bribes. She told them […]

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Witness reveals failings around immigration tests

Witness reveals failings around immigration tests

| 25/01/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): A senior manager with the immigration department revealed many policy failings over how it was conducting English Language Tests at the time an internal review began, which happened after the department was tipped off that something criminal could be going on. Nicola Solomon, an assistant chief officer, gave evidence on Thursday in the immigration […]

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IO’s allegedly took $600 for English test pass mark

IO’s allegedly took $600 for English test pass mark

| 21/01/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Immigration officers allegedly took $600 from at least 15 Spanish speakers to steer them to the 75% pass mark needed to get through the department’s English Language Test and secure work permits, even though their language skills were not up to scratch, the court heard Monday. As the acting director of public prosecutions, Patrick Moran, […]

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Jury selected in challenging immigration fraud case

Jury selected in challenging immigration fraud case

| 18/01/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS): A group of seven men and women, along with three alternate jurors, have now been selected to serve in an anti-corruption case involving a number of immigration officers and clients, who are accused of conspiring to circumvent the English tests administered to people wanting to enter Cayman for work. The prosecution is expected to […]

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Webb sentencing deferred for seventh time

Webb sentencing deferred for seventh time

| 22/08/2018 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s fallen football hero, Jeff Webb,  who was convicted of racketeering offences relating to his time as president of the regional football body CONCACAF, has managed to postpone his sentence for the seventh time, according to information from the US court in New York dealing with the case. Webb has already given up over […]

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