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Webb had $2m salary as CONCACAF boss

| 23/02/2016 | 45 Comments
Cayman News Service

Jeffrey Webb at a press briefing in the Cayman Islands

(CNS): Former local football hero Jeffrey Webb was earning $2 million a year when he was head of the regional football body, CONCACAF, at the same time that he was allegedly embezzling huge sums from the Cayman Islands public purse. An article on Bloomberg about the troubles now facing the federation reveals that, as well as picking up a significant pay packet, Webb was also running up massive expense bills and flying around on a private jet, billing CONCACAF for costly overseas jollies and charging booze bills and strippers to the corporate credit card.

The Bloomberg article by Tariq Panja and David Voreacos revealed that CONCACAF invoices that they have seen show that on one “delegation travel” bill, for a trip from Jamaica to Mexico, Webb claimed $96,000. He also used the CONCACAF credit card for bar tabs and strip club bills, at least one of which exceeded $25,000. The news report stated that Webb and his deputy at the time, Enrique Sanz, who has also been charged in the massive FIFA corruption probe, approved each others’ expenses.

As Webb was pulling in the big bucks from CONCACAF, he was also allegedly creaming off hundreds of thousands of dollars in the corrupt CarePay contract with Canover Watson.

In the report, Bloomberg said Webb used CONCACAF funds to hire a security firm to sweep his Atlanta home and the Miami offices for listening devices. Evidence revealed in the CarePay trial last month also implied that Webb had purchased that luxury mansion in Georgia with the cash he got from the corrupt hospital contract in his deal with Canover Watson.

Bloomberg said that CONCACAF, which has annual revenues of around $80 million a year, has been virtually cleaned out, pointing the finger at Webb. Lawyers told members at a CONCACAF meeting earlier this month that the federation was down to $11 million but $9 million of that is out of reach to the federation, as the money is believed to be here in the Cayman Islands in bank accounts still controlled by Webb.

The disgraced former president of the Cayman Islands Football Association remains under house arrest in the US awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in relation to the US football probe and his assets have been frozen. Webb was among the seven FIFA officials arrested last May at the Baur au Lac in Zürich, the same hotel where soccer delegates will be staying this week for the upcoming FIFA/CONCACAF summit and elections.

Webb has not answered the charges against him in relation to the hospital contract allegations but the Grand Court judge who sentenced Canover Watson on 5 February to seven years in jail, made it clear he believed Webb was guilty and had been the “senior partner controlling the bank accounts” in the corrupt agreement.

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  1. IRS says:

    Now now now… Did Jeff pay his taxes??? We all know plenty of people that don’t… And I believe he would be considered a (Google it) US person for tax purposes…

    Here is an interesting link on the subject…

    https://www.irs.gov/uac/Whistleblower-Informant-Award/

    And here’s the form to make it easy… Lots of big names in Cayman should fear this form…

    https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f3949a.pdf

    Every person born in the US or born anywhere else to US parents (or born anywhere else to non-US parents but with US Grandparents) is considered American under US tax laws. They all have an obligation to file tax returns if earning more than a very small amount. But no taxes are due until earning over about $98,000.

    Regardless of the amount earned, the same people are required to file FBAR forms if they sign on or own a foreign bank accounts. The banks will only report the people if the accounts total over a certain limit, but the reporting is required, so why push it?

    The penalties and fines are devastating if the US gets you before you get to them…

    On the positive side, there are programs that facilitate coming clean. Most people can breeze through with little or no taxes owed… It is worth checking if you fall into any of the categories above. Be warned.

    Oh, one last note – if you bank at any of the following banks, the IRS has already served a John Doe Summons to seek out all US account holders so it is too late to use some of the amnesty options out there:

    Butterfield
    CIBC – First Caribbean
    and about 48 other worldwide banks (and growing…)

    A good lawyer and tax assistant will go a long way for those who have now seen the light… And if you now want to come clean, here is a link to help along the way…

    https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Offshore-Voluntary-Disclosure-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions-and-Answers

    For those who still think they can keep ignoring the situation, I strongly recommend suspending all travel into or through the US, cause one day, the systems will all be linked and an IRS task force will be at every airport scanning the arrivals lists waiting to tap some poor unfortunate soul’s shoulder and change their lives forever…




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    • Anonymous says:

      Such notifications are an excellent way of repaying those miserable XXXXXXXX that write letters complaining about someone’s immigration applications.




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  2. Anonymous says:

    Really? 2million and u still wanted more?!?! This is ridiculous.




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  3. Anonymous says:

    And furthermore, Jeff can come back here right now, no jury will convict him, and he could run for MLA position and he would get voted in. Pirate week lives.




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  4. Anonymous says:

    Jeff isn’t going to do a day in jail, our boy can bob and weave. Poor Canover.




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  5. Anonymous says:

    Tyler Perry’s The Have’s and the Have Not’s!!!!!! Stupid easily lead island boy




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  6. Soon come. says:

    Personally, I would like to have printed publicly, the details of all persons, with face pictures, of all those involved and/or who had dealings with these people. Then I would like to see a boycott and failure of all their businesses and personal lives.

    I would even go so far as to say their families are to be included in this because they would have to have had full knowledge of what these people were doing and because they were reaping the benefits of it they never questioned these dealings.

    This will ensure that
    a) the general public will never put these people in a position of trust again and
    b) ensure that these persons understand that what they did was wrong.
    Especially since the main culprit in this matter takes this issue for a joke (he’s throwing parties and gambling like theirs no problem).

    Frankly I would like to have webb (he doesn’t deserve any respect) in front of me, I would show him, physically, what I think of him, but because I don’t think he’s man enough to take it, he will never go face to face with anyone. He’s a coward and a criminal, his whole family is.




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  7. Sharkey says:

    I think that we all should start writing our own history book so that we remember what these scumbag human like people did ,so they never be repeated.




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    • SSM345 says:

      Good idea, recent events dictate that our Leaders actually require a piece of paper telling them what to do and what not to do whilst in power.




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  8. Time coming says:

    Well, since this is the way they play the game, then it’s high time others do the same. If I were these guys, I’d be watching my back. Never know what’s coming. The whole bunch of them.
    Time longer than rope, maybe they all need to choose the rope? Or someone else might help them with that problem.
    Things are already progressing to sort them out, only issue is where and when now.




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  9. Simple Simon says:

    I find it difficult to wrap my head around the extent of this massive fraud. Webb is a total disgrace who had many friends, some apparently travelled with him for ‘moral’ support at the time he was arrested. shame shame shame.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    what a scum bag. Nothing will ever come out of any of this.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    There are some big cheeses sweating right now! Let’s make sure it all comes out into the public domain.




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  12. Whatever says:

    These people are sick. I refer to Webb, Warner, Blatter et al, including all the foreign and Caymanian mooches who sucked at Webb’s teat. Hookers and strippers, really? No class whatsoever. The day that I have to resort to hookers and strippers is the day that I’ll buy myself a handgun and punch my own ticket out. He’s being paid $2 million a year but he has to embezzle from his own people and others far less fortunate… This pathetic piece of trash needs to be stripped of his skin inch by inch and have some maggots inserted into his rectum so that they can start eating him from the inside out. He deserves no less. He obviously learned very little when he recently threw a lavish party for his wife, who apparently loves maggoty, scum cockroaches. Just shows that money can’t buy one class!




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    • Anonymous says:

      Love this comment.




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      • Whatever says:

        Thanks! He is a filthy maggot and I’m sure that most people agree. What I’d love to know is why 2 people thought that this rather truthful comment deserved 2 “Troll” votes. I mean, look, I don’t care that you want to troll the comment – what I’d love to know is why? Troll me, but at least comment – tell me how the filthy maggot deserves any sort of respect and/or is deserving of anything really… Problem is that they cannot defend the maggot, which leaves one to conclude that there are some people out there who for some reason or another simply love filthy maggots – or at least sucking at their teat.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    So when will Govt or CIFA put a lien on his assets??




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    • Anonymous says:

      You dumb bat, His assets have been declared already and it does not match the crime he is paying for. Maybe you could help by getting on to some of those bad mortgage owners and help get some money back and pay the government. he will have his day in court.. wait and see .




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  14. Anonymous says:

    According with his friends these parties were legendary. NBA after parties, top shelf ” ladies”, $600 bottles of champagne, WC / CL tickets, private flights. Someone asked why he was not replaced as president of CIFA? Many of his friends still running CIFA and the member clubs. Some of them freely told the stories at the Annex on Sunday nights. Do you think they will risk all of these parties so that your child or mine will benefit by development football locally? If you have a young child today who enjoyed the game, please take a hard look at who is running your club. This is NOT going to change unless there is real change. Remember some of this behavior was funded with money intended for Haiti relief.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Well, you cannot say CIFA “executives” do not care and not read the blogs. Who else could possibly be clicking the one or two dislikes in just about every comment.




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  15. Parker says:

    I am certain he wasn’t on these trips alone! Investigate, investigate and prosecute!




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  16. Sharkey says:

    This just shows us what money can do to you when you don’t have no moral Compass in your life . If he had any morality about himself he would made sure that the jobs and programs and projects were done and the kids of today were advanced in the sports to their highest level. . But no see what he did , and got himself and other’s in. He is a big disgrace to the human race.




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  17. Anonymous says:

    He is such a crook. I can recall him on The radio begging government to put more money into football in CAuman – a good thing they did’nt. It’s like he couldn’t get enough. He is such a bloody disappointment.




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    • Chris Johnson says:

      Football in Cayman is doomed until some club has the balls to get rid of the current executive committee. Fraud is rampant as my viewpoint article pointed out. CIFA as Blake has admitted is insolvent. So where can CIFA go from here.? Moreover why does Flake not respond to my blogs?

      How can CIFA remain a one man show. Blake just has to go.

      By the way try searching the CIFA website. It no longer exists.
      Corruption in CIFA continues and to prove it how many responses defending my blog will take place? Answer Zilch.

      Blake down tools and go away. You are not wanted and cannot be trusted.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Chris, thank you for being so frank. Unfortunately most of us seat idle by the wayside and do nothing. I called for a boycott of all CIFA events, fans need to speak up and stop this farce.
        Football today is void of any credibility and respect. Have you attended any games lately, have head any news of the local game, no one wants to take the risk to be associated with it.
        By the way what was the resolution of the meeting with the current VP mention in relation to
        the Carepay case announced by Blake last week? Is he still on the “job”? At the end of the day the responsibility rest with the member clubs, however they have a parasitic relation with CIFA for years, even if the funds come from the Haiti relief fund!




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      • Rajesh Singh says:

        Yes Chris, we need more insolvencies……….




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      • Anonymous says:

        It appears the clubs are not aligned. If I recall from previous reports, there were some clubs who wanted a change and some clubs who didn’t I wonder (not really) why this is the case. As such, it seems there is a deadlock situation unless there is interference from somewhere higher up. Didn’t someone point out at some stage that the only authority who can force changes is the Olympic Committee?




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        • Chris Johnson says:

          I do not think that the Olympic Committee can do anything. The clubs effectively control CIFA and only they can bring about change. The Articles of Association albeit drafted for the benefit of certain members of the Executive Committee do allow for meetings to be called by the clubs to replace committee members. However apathy rules and nothing is getting done. CIFA in my opinion has been defrauded and those responsible need to be held accountable. Only with fresh blood in CIFA will the public and Government support football in Cayman.




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          • Conquer caf says:

            chris Johnson has all of the answers and keeps chirping on about retiring from being an accountant. It is important we vote him in.




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        • Anonymous says:

          8:05 If you try to get the people running the CIFA clubs together on anything they act like big dumb kids fighting in the playground and that’s how it’s always been. This is what has stagnated Cayman soccer and allowed people like Webb to take over. It’s a dysfunctional organisation from the ground up and has been for years.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Chris, I think you should give Bruce Blake a little time, or at least until after he gets back from his holiday in Switzerland.

        A lot of people don’t realize how stressful it can be to spend the night in a 3,000 euro per night Baur au Lac Hotel room and not be able to sleep comfortably because you are laying there thinking that any time now someone might kick the door down and take you away in your PJs. That’s why you have to go to a strip club or someplace where the police wouldn’t think of looking for you.




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  18. Anonymous says:

    Like a $2m salary is not enough? Seriously?




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  19. Anonymous says:

    Too many pigs were eating from the trough




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    • Anonymous says:

      Too many pigs eating:- you got that right. they enjoyed it. UDP – PPM they all enjoyed it. People who couldn’t stand him, but once he got in CONCACAF they all flocked him and lived off him. All those who flew for free should now pay those tickets back. XXXXX Poor Jeff thought he was pleasing everybody and sinking himself in hell to please people. you got a lot of people pleasers, so Jeff Webb was one. He was man enough to plead guilty, now those who enjoyed the free rides, and other deals should be man enough and own up to your free rides and pay CONCACAF back.




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      • Anonymous says:

        PPM???? Seriously? Stop with it! CIFA/FIFA//CAREPAY/ all UDP. Stop trying to spread the blame. All the players were UDP insiders. The connection is obvious. But the media won’t mention it. We must wonder why.




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        • O'Really Factor says:

          Ask Premier Alden McLaughlin plus Ministers Moses Kirkonnell and Osbourne Bodden about their roles over the years with Mr. Jeffry Webb.

          CIFA/CONCACAF used the hotels and businesses of a particular minister making them very successful and provided a boost to the local economy. Ironic how the PPM were happy to accept the credit for it.

          All were greedy pigs eating the crumbs off Mr. Webb’s table with glee during the good times.




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          • Anonymous says:

            10:06. Jeff fooled everyone, including himself. How many here knew he was such a devious person? He is an utter disgrace. The minister and premier that was sewed up tight with Jeff and his dishonest acts their names are left out.
            Is it because the PPM would not release more money to CIFA that has caused your flogging of others?




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          • Anonymous says:

            Not Alden in particular, he hated his guts. two pig in a pen with one XXXXXXX don’t get along well. But all the others ,YES. They used him through his football connections to get favours for their families and not to mention their own free rides. Jeff is a very naïve and low self esteemed person. Not because he was in limelight made him a perfect person. He had his problems like any other, but no one recognized it. For someone to be making the kind of money he was making, the highest paid in Cayman, and still got mixed up in greed, absolutely he needs a brain check. , Check out all the private parties that were held at private residence for him. it was only to use him to get their children favours. I bet they are among those who is talking about him. Jeff Webb was under a lot of pressure to live up to the promises he made to the aristocrats through his low self esteem he suffers today. I’m just hoping that he will see himself as who he really are and get some help, he needs therapy. For someone to be making the kind of money he was making and still found himself in this situation. He is SICK. and we got a lot more like him, only thing the opportunity has not present it self. Lots of mortgages have been paid from his salary. He was under the same strain as politicians for their salaries.




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            • Anonymous says:

              He soon find God.. you wait and see!




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            • Anonymous says:

              Aaw diddums




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            • Anonymous says:

              Memories like gold fish or strong Kool aid.

              History teaches us otherwise look at Minister of Sport Alden McLaughlin’s performance from 2005/09 when he took instructions from his friend Jeff Webb and the monies spent on football and facilities. It was all good then I guess.




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        • Anonymous says:

          How quick we love to say they’re UDP because this is a negative story but hate to admit the “squeaky clean” PPM members are right there @ the trough eh? Plz…..do yourself a favor and take off the blinders BoBo or TeeTee PPM supporter…….
          They’re all the same; just some HIDE better than others; but don’t worry as our Mama’s say:- “it’ll come out in the rinse”……..
          The deck of cards is falling down……..it’s called the domino-effect. Have you noticed?




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  20. Sunil Gulati Ebanks says:

    Over the years a lot of Cayman politicians in UDP and PPM benefited from those free trips and largesse supplied by Jeff Webb.

    Webb still controls the CIFA membership and clubs. Every government over the last ten years hung onto his every instruction just look at the football facilities in Cayman Brac and how various Ministers of Sport were given the 5 star treatment and flown around the globe. Ironically they all loved Jeff Webb and ignored the accusations as long as they got theirs and experienced the high life just like the CIFA executive committee members.




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  21. Anonymous says:

    Maybe this sheds lights on the reason(s) why he was not replaced as CIFA president years ago. Too many expense paid trips with local friends. Too many people have too little ethics.




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