July 9, 2020

Joey Ebanks now charged with drug offences

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Joey EbanksTo add to Joey Ebanks long list of charges of:

8 counts of obtaining property by deception

7 counts of theft

1 count of obtaining a money transfer by deception

1 count of transferring criminal property

9 counts of making a document without authority

1 count of obtaining property by deception

2 counts of forgery

he has now been charged with drug offences.

Ebanks was arrested at his home in the Pedro area on Wednesday 6 March on suspicion of abuse of office, theft and possession of a drug utensil. He appeared in court last week where he was charged with the foregoing list of charges.

An RCIPS Public Relations Officer announced on Thu (25) that:

“The man [Joey Ebanks], who appeared in court last week on multiple charges of deception, forgery and theft, was charged by officers of the Financial Crime Unit earlier today [25] with one count of consumption of cocaine and one count of possession of a drug utensil.

“He has been bailed to appear in court on Friday 3 May.”

Joey Ebanks, who was suspended as managing director of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), by HE Governor Duncan Taylor when irregularities were discovered by Auditor General Alastair Swarbrick at the end of February.

Ebanks is standing for election in North Side and has made accusations of corruption against the incumbent MLA Ezzard Miller as well as Governor Duncan Taylor and the chairman of the Judicial Legal Services Commissions via his Facebook account.

He also claimed that when he was MD of the ERA he was asked to fix the bid for DECCO in order for them to be awarded the contract to generate 36MW of future power. This resulted in the ERA ordering an investigation into the tendering procedures that resulted in DECCO being awarded the contract.

iNews Cayman reported on Thursday (25) that Ebanks will also face legal action over comments he made on his Facebook page.

Layman Daniel Scott, Chairman of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, has filed a lawsuit against Ebanks, for libel and slander, claiming Ebanks wrote false and malicious statements on Facebook concerning him.

The writ also says Ebanks defamed Scott at a public meeting on 6 April. Scott claims these alleged malicious statements were said to damage his character. He is claiming damages for libel and slander and asking for an injunction to prevent Ebanks from publishing or saying anything defamatory about him.

He is also asking for any costs necessary.

Ebanks has said it his mission to “stamp out corruption” in Cayman.

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