A Bodden Town man was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday (10 November) for running a scam that promised Caymanian status or permanent residency status to more than two dozen victims who often paid around $2,000 into the scheme.
Paul Hume Ebanks’ sentence runs another 12 years and 9 months from now, given time for when he’s been remanded or on curfew during his trial.
Mr. Ebanks was convicted earlier in the week on 26 counts of obtaining property by deception and one count of theft. Justice Michael Wood pronounced sentence on each count, some with up to eight-year terms running concurrently while others had two and four years added consecutively, accounting for the 14-year total.
Mr. Justice Wood excoriated Ebanks for engaging in a crime identical to one for which he served prison time less than a year earlier. The justice said conviction of a single count of obtaining property by deception carried a maximum ten-year prison term, but he felt that was “not nearly enough” for Mr. Ebanks whose crimes against multiple victims were “breathtaking” in their scope and “had a negative impact on the Cayman Islands.”