Blake, Watson both plead not guilty to CIFA fraudulent charges

Former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) board members Bruce Blake, 37, and Canover Watson, 37, appeared in Grand Court Wednesday (6 January) morning and denied several corruption charges connected to fraudulently funnelled cash through the CIFA bank account.

Blake, the former vice president of CIFA was charged with one count of acquiring criminal property, while Watson, former treasurer of CIFA appeared on one count of secret commissions and two counts transferring criminal property.

Blake and Watson were also charged with one count of false accounting and one count of entering into an arrangement with the other.

The charges stem from 2015 after auditors who were reviewing CIFA’s books flagged financial irregularities and notified authorities. However, following their hearing last week, both men were released on bail and is expected to return later this year.

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