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Status scam trial wrapping up

Paul Hume Ebanks left the witness-box on Wednesday (2 November) after hours of grilling over allegations he scammed more than two-dozen people out of nearly $200,000 for what he claimed would be Caymanian status or permanent residency.

Under intense questioning, Mr. Ebanks never wavered from his claim that his actions were endorsed by high-ranking government figures. He claimed to be part of a scheme that was supposed to end with his own receipt of Caymanian status after recruiting 100 others to pay for status changes. Mr. Ebanks claims the money he took was given to officials, but he also acknowledged keeping no financial records and could not recall any specific meeting dates with any officials in order to substantiate his story.

Attorneys will begin making closing arguments to the seven-member jury on Friday.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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