CYDEC Conference 2019

Tibbetts takes the stand in Syed trial

Matthew Tibbetts of the Civil Service College Portfolio said he was signing invoices to pay Mr. Syed at the discretion of Chief Officer Designate Mary Rodrigues.

It is alleged Mr. Syed falsified an invoice for more than US$150k and falsified a separate invoice for $US37,528.

It is also alleged Mr. Syed wanted reimbursement for a portion of the 1st invoice and demanded to be re-paid the entire amount for the other invoice.

Court reports said Mr. Syed told the school’s accountant at the time he was seeking the reimbursement for private spending he did on UCCI’s behalf to acquire materials for the Civil Service College Project.

The American company named on the invoices said they did not issue the paperwork and said the invoices were not genuine.

The company sent an invoice to UCCI confirming they have only received a total of $US50K dollars for materials required for the Civil service College Project.

The trial is expected to continue tomorrow.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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