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Cayman Island Football Association audit stalled over suspicions transactions

August 31, 2015
Cayman Island Football Association audit stalled over suspicions transactions GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Controversies relating to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) got worse on Friday when its auditors confirmed that they were unable to complete the annual accounts for the association ahead of the annual general meeting and elections.

Cayman Islands gang of four continues to refuse return of $450m to Canadian investors

August 31, 2015
Cayman Islands gang of four continues to refuse return of $450m to Canadian investors MIAMI, USA -- They have been called the Gang of Four: Sharon Lexa Lamb, Derek Buntain, Ryan Bateman, and Fernando Moto Mendes. Operating from financial service firms in the Cayman Islands, and taking orders from experienced Canadian investment advisers, in whose care the victims' cash...

Cayman Islands fugitive now operating illegally in Panama

August 31, 2015
Cayman Islands fugitive now operating illegally in Panama MIAMI, USA -- Individuals considering investing in Panama should note that Republic Asset Management Corp., which is controlled by fugitive from justice Ryan Bateman and Cody Bateman, both formerly of the Cayman Islands, is not licensed to provide fiduciary services in Panama; does not possess...

Former Cayman Islands football chief can't afford NY house arrest

August 29, 2015
Former Cayman Islands football chief can't afford NY house arrest NEW YORK, USA (CNS) -- The cost of financing his own house arrest in New York is driving Jeffrey Webb, the former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president broke, according to claims filed in the courts. Caught up in the massive FIFA corruption and bribery scandal, the Cayman Islands...

Cayman Islands fraudsters may escape justice by moving to Cuba

August 29, 2015
Cayman Islands fraudsters may escape justice by moving to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Law enforcement agencies in the United States estimate that there may be as many as 125 Westerners, who are fugitives from justice, residing in Cuba, where they are immune from extradition, so long as they do not commit new crimes there. Sometimes, they have been referred to as...

Cayman Islands government pulls football funding in wake of FIFA scandal and election controversy

August 27, 2015
Cayman Islands government pulls football funding in wake of FIFA scandal and election controversy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands sports minister has pulled government’s contribution to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) after the row over the refusal by the local football body to accept two challengers to the long-entrenched members of the executive...

Canadian financial advisers hijacked retired investors' money in Cayman Islands trading scam

August 27, 2015
Canadian financial advisers hijacked retired investors' money in Cayman Islands trading scam MIAMI, USA -- An unfolding Cayman Islands financial scandal reportedly involved the illegal diversion of funds of as many as 70 retired and handicapped Canadian senior citizens, for the purpose of using client money to conduct unauthorized trades and keep the profits. The entire scheme...

$400m Cayman Islands trading scheme targeted Canadian and American investors

August 24, 2015
$400m Cayman Islands trading scheme targeted Canadian and American investors MIAMI, USA -- A $400 million scandal involving unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company Bateman Capital and its principals – the current fugitive from justice, Ryan Bateman, and Fernando Moto Mendes his successor director – who ran a scam through which Bateman covertly traded funds...

Cayman Islands legislator accused of hate speech

August 22, 2015
Cayman Islands legislator accused of hate speech GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The chair of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in the Cayman Islands has called on the territory’s premier to condemn the “unstatesmanlike, inaccurate, vitriolic, and thoroughly hateful” comments made against the LGBT community by a veteran...

Cayman Islands cabinet minister offers backing to LGBT community

August 20, 2015
Cayman Islands cabinet minister offers backing to LGBT community GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A Cayman Islands Cabinet minister has taken a stand against comments condemning homosexuality made in the Legislative Assembly last week during a private member’s motion on traditional marriage. Saddened by the content and tone of the debate...

Cayman Islands legislator calls homosexuals evil

August 18, 2015
Cayman Islands legislator calls homosexuals evil GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- One of the longest-serving members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, Anthony Eden, has derided rights for the lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) community and warned that the next step would be bestiality.

Forged documents produced as evidence in Cayman Islands libel claim

August 17, 2015
Forged documents produced as evidence in Cayman Islands libel claim GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Commissioner of Police David Baines has confirmed that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is looking into allegations that documents related to a libel lawsuit between Premier Alden McLaughlin and opposition leader McKeeva Bush are forged.

Unfolding Cayman Islands financial scandal test of authorities' enforcement resolve

August 17, 2015
Unfolding Cayman Islands financial scandal test of authorities' enforcement resolve MIAMI, USA -- A major financial scandal unfolding in the Cayman Islands may test the current ability and inclination of Cayman law enforcement agencies and regulators to enforce the laws and regulations governing financial services. There are allegations of illegal co-mingling of investor accounts.

Cayman Islands awarded top offshore domicile for captives

August 17, 2015
Cayman Islands awarded top offshore domicile for captives GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands has been recognised at the 2015 US Captive Services Awards, winning the top prize in the 2015 ‘Offshore Captive Domicile’ category. Cayman won the award by demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the captive sector and by passing...

Cayman Islands government fund was blank cheque for recipients, says auditor

August 15, 2015
Cayman Islands government fund was blank cheque for recipients, says auditor GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The lack of an open, fair and transparent application process and no internal controls allowed for a significant risk of abuse of public funds and corruption, the Cayman Islands auditor general has said in his latest damning audit regarding the possible misuse of...

Cayman Islands opposition leader defends controversial deals

August 14, 2015
Cayman Islands opposition leader defends controversial deals GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands opposition leader McKeeva Bush has said that the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, did not have the authority to determine that the deals his former United Democratic Party (UDP) government made with...

Texas couple praises Caribbean hospital

August 13, 2015
Texas couple praises Caribbean hospital GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- When Wayne Wright needed knee replacement surgery, his wife wanted him to undergo the operation in an American hospital, but Wayne did his research and all signs pointed to searching for a solution overseas, more specifically to Health City Cayman Islands.

Fugitive Cayman Islands financial adviser trying to sell $2m home while on the run

August 10, 2015
Fugitive Cayman Islands financial adviser trying to sell $2m home while on the run MIAMI, USA -- Apparently Canadian financial adviser, Ryan Bateman, of Bateman Capital and B & Capital Ltd, who has been on the run from Caymanian justice since 2014, is quietly attempting to sell his luxurious multi-million dollar home in the Cayman Islands while on the lam. The five-bedroom home...

Cayman Islands bank transferred millions in investor accounts to private company with no assets

August 7, 2015
Cayman Islands bank transferred millions in investor accounts to private company with no assets GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Questions are being asked about the propriety of the transfer by Dundee Merchant Bank (also known as Dundee Bank) in the Cayman Islands of the cash and securities it held of an estimated 60 Canadian investors to a private company that had virtually no assets.

Cayman Islands mid-year visitor arrivals show modest overall increase

August 4, 2015
Cayman Islands mid-year visitor arrivals show modest overall increase GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Following another consecutive record breaking year in 2014, the Cayman Islands has remained in a modest growth position year to date June 2015. Overall air arrivals for 2015 have remained steady, with year to date arrivals increasing by 1.43 percent.

Cayman Islands governor keeps legal review report secret

August 1, 2015
Cayman Islands governor keeps legal review report secret GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A report by a UK prosecutor who came to the Cayman Islands earlier this year to review the local criminal justice system will not be made public anytime soon. The governor’s office has refused to release the document by Claire Wetton, which examined...

Managers of unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company disappear

July 31, 2015
Managers of unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company disappear MIAMI, USA -- B & C Capital Ltd, an unlicensed Cayman Islands investment company whose managers have disappeared, is no longer in business in Grand Cayman, according to sources who have sought to contact or visit the firm. As previously reported, managing director Ryan Bateman is a fugitive from justice.

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Cayman Islands woman loses $50,000 in Nigerian email scam

July 30, 2015
Cayman Islands woman loses $50,000 in Nigerian email scam GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A Cayman Islands woman has lost $50,000 after sending it to an online conman in Nigeria via a money transfer service, local police said. Warning residents to be vigilant, as there is very little the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) can do.

Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general

July 27, 2015
Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- There are several areas where the government can improve how it manages lands in the Cayman Islands, says the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, in a report made public last week. The most significant concern he raised is the continuing development...

UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda

July 27, 2015
UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting of British Overseas Territory leaders was held last week in Bermuda to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe

July 25, 2015
Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The former minister for district administration and planning, who is currently the speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, may be subject to an Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) investigation after the auditor general raised concerns again about...

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