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Jamaican woman convicted for immigration scam in Cayman

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:34 PM

A Jamaican woman living in the Cayman Islands has been convicted for her part in a permanent residency scam which involved two other females.

Marcia Hamilton was convicted on six counts of obtaining property by deception, when she appeared in court earlier this week.

Another woman, Judith Douglas, pleaded guilty to similar offences.

The third woman, Kathleen Davis, who is also a Jamaican, fled the Cayman Islands before she could have been charged.

According to police reports, Hamilton, who received permanent status in 2003, denied the charges.

She claimed she was not part of a conspiracy because she believed the Permanent Residency offer with which she assisted was a legitimate scheme.

However, trial judge, Justice Charles Quin, ruled that Hamilton knew that the people she and her co-accused each scammed for US$2,500 were never going to get Permanent Residency.

The exact number of victims have not been confirmed.

However, lists of names and documented cash payments found in Hamilton’s car and home suggested that dozens of people could have all paid fees to secure what they all believed would be the right to live and work in the Cayman Islands.

Quin said he found that the evidence was overwhelming that Hamilton acted together with the other women to deliberately defraud their victims.

The judge described Hamilton as an intelligent and resourceful woman who ran a business and who was familiar with the immigration system and would have known how the system really works to get residency.

The fraud took place between October 2009 and April 2010.

Hamilton and Douglas, who are out on bail, will be sentenced on February 25.