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BREAKING: A.C.C. charge Blake, Watson with corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission has charged Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Vice-President Bruce Blake and former treasurer Canover Watson with money laundering and false accounting at the Association.

In a statement on Thursday (8 August,) the ACC said the charges follow, what it called, a ‘complex and protracted investigation’.

Mr. Blake faces five charges, while Mr. Watson faces seven charges.

The A.C.C, in its statement, said both men have been bailed and they are scheduled to appear in Summary Court on 20 August.

According to the statement, Mr. Blake has been charged with one count of Secret Commissions contrary to s.21(1)C of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008; two counts of Acquiring or Retention of Criminal Property (Money Laundering) contrary to s.134(1) and s.135 of the Proceeds of Crime Law 2008, and two counts of False Accounting, contrary to s.255(1) of the Penal Code 2010 and 2013.

Mr. Watson has been charged with two counts of Secret Commissions contrary to s.21(1)C of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 and 2014 (Revision), three counts of Transferring or Retention of Criminal Property (Money Laundering) contrary to s.133 and s.134(1) the Proceeds of Crime Law 2008; and two counts of False Accounting, contrary to s.255(1) of the Penal Code 2010 and 2013
(Revisions).

The charges come on the eve of a scheduled visit by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, along with CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani and a delegation of global football administrators.

They are set to decide the fate of funding for the Cayman Islands Football Association after it was sanctioned from receiving financial support for three years.

In 2017, Mr. Blake was suspended from his role as Vice President after being arrested by the A.C.C, but he reappeared on the football scene over a year ago without mention from CIFA on why he had been allowed to resume his position.

Mr. Watson was released in June of this year after spending 28 months in prison for his role in the CarePay hospital scandal. He was later expelled from his role as CIFA Treasurer.

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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