(CNS): As his old friend and business partner began settling into his new life in jail this weekend, former CIFA president and FIFA VP, Jeffrey Webb, was enjoying a lavish party at his Georgia mansion. Still under house arrest, Webb hosted a celebration for his wife’s 40th birthday at their home in Loganville, just outside Atlanta, which, according to evidence in the recent CarePay trial, was paid for by the people of the Cayman Islands through his criminal conspiracy with Canover Watson.
Pictures posted on Facebook by friends and family who were at the event this past weekend show Webb, who has been convicted of racketeering in the massive FIFA scandal, playing Blackjack and drinking champagne at a Harlem Renaissance theme party just hours after Watson, his friend and neighbour, was sentenced by a Grand Court judge to seven years for corruption and conspiracy with Webb to commit fraud.
Webb has not answered charges or stood trial in connection with the CarePay case because of his current situation in the US over the FIFA scandal. However, he was charged alongside Watson with fraud and money laundering offences for his role in the conspiracy regarding the hospital payment system contract. Evidence revealed during the nine-week trial supported allegations that Webb was a beneficial owner of AIS Cayman Ltd and received cash payments from the bank account created for the local firm, which secured the payment and verification contract in partnership with AIS in Jamaica.
Webb was accused of transferring funds from AIS to an account in the United States, which was used to buy the home where he is now under house arrest and where the weekend party was held. Having admitted various racketeering offences in relation to the FIFA investigation by the UD justice department, Webb is expected to be sentenced for those crimes in June.
Watson also owns a home near to Webb’s but it is one of a number of assets that the local authorities are hoping to confiscate as they begin legal proceedings to recover the money that prosecutors believe Watson and Webb syphoned off from the hospital contract.