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Immigration Boss Remains On Suspension

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- It is now more than eight months since Linda Evans was placed on required leave from her post as the chief immigration officer as a result of allegations of misconduct.

Although government officials have stated that there is no criminal investigation into Evans’ conduct, officials said Monday that an “administrative process” is still underway. The immigration boss was suspended from her job on full pay on 1 December 2014 but the authorities have said very little about their internal investigation or her future as the CIO.

Following enquiries by CNS regarding the status of the enquiry, Wesley Howell, the deputy chief officer in the home affairs ministry, which is responsible for immigration, said, “Ms Evans remains on required leave and an administrative process is progressing. I hope you will understand that I am unable to give details as the matter is still ongoing.”

The details of the allegations against Evans have not been revealed but it is understood to relate to the granting of Caymanian status and other internal immigration issues. At the time of the official announcement of Evans’ suspension in December she was placed on required leave on full pay under the provisions of the civil service personnel regulations, which the ministry said would allow the allegations to be investigated “quickly and thoroughly”.

Meanwhile, Kimberley Davis, the former boards director at the immigration department who was suspended on unrelated allegations, is now facing criminal charges in relation to a private company she owns. Davis is charged with making a false statement and unlawfully employing a person. She is alleged to have given false information to the immigration department that all health insurance premiums for all employees were paid up to date when officials claim it was not true, and employing a kitchen helper without the approval of immigration.