Man denies status grant con

| 31/10/2014

(CNS): Paul Ebanks pleaded not guilty to seventeen counts of falsely selling status grants, Friday. He is accused of obtaining over KYD $100,000 from a total of 17 different people between July 2012 and August 2013. The court heard that Ebanks falsely stated he could get his victims Caymanian status. The Bodden Town man will face trial on 1 June next year. Ebanks was bailed until trial and is currently under 24 hour house lockdown. Defense attorney Lucy Organ told the court that Ebanks was in danger of losing his home as the onerous bail conditions were preventing him from working, as she argued for a change.

However, the court heard that Ebanks was charged with these 17 counts while on bail over similar allegations. He is alleged to have received KYD $108,300 from his victims who the crown says, believed they were buying legitimate status grants. The request for changes in his bail conditions were limited and the defendant will need to apply to the court for permission to go for job interviews.

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