Webb faces legal action by FIFA

| 16/03/2016 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Jeff Webb’s Georgia mansion

(CNS): As he awaits sentencing in the United States for his part in the huge corruption scandal that has rocked the world of football, one-time local hero Jeffrey Webb, alongside others who have pleaded guilty, is now facing civil legal action from FIFA. Singled out for hiding assets in the legal suit filed in the Eastern District of New York, FIFA’s lawyers, Quinn Emanuel, are asking US authorities to carry out an “immediate accounting of funds and assets of the defendant Jeffrey Webb”, as they claim he is hiding cash.

Complaining that Webb continues to live in the home he “may have purchased with bribes and kickbacks”, the legal action also pointed to the recent reports of a lavish casino-themed birthday party for his wife: “FIFA is concerned that Mr Webb may not have fully disclosed his assets to the Court or the Government … At a minimum, his resources are not being protected for the benefit of his victims.”

Webb has been under house arrest at his Atlanta home for many months after a New York judge allowed him to move from his expensive New York accommodation, where he was originally under tight curfew, having raised $10 million bail with property, fast cars and designer watches and jewellery.

Cayman News Service

Jeffrey Webb at his wife’s 40th birthday party inside their Georgia mansion

However, in the recent local CarePay trial, in which Webb was accused in his absence of corruption in relation to a hospital contract he secured with a company owned by him and Canover Watson, the court heard that the Georgia mansion was likely purchased with cash paid in kickbacks from that scheme — though details of the US Department of Justice indictment against Webb and other football officials and sports marketing executives noted that the Grand Cayman-shaped pool at the house was probably financed through FIFA related bribes and kickbacks.

As well as seeking to get back tens of millions of dollars that FIFA acknowledges were creamed off by its own management, the legal claim also refers to broader allegations about the “damage done by the defendants’ greed” that has “deeply tarnished the FIFA brand” and undermined its ability to “unite and inspire football players and fans throughout the world”.

The civil action comes following the election last month of the new FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who has said he wants the organisation’s money back. More than a half a billion dollars is believed to have been creamed off by FIFA’s former executives.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Poor Jeff, the only thing left is for Ozzie to remove him and Canover from the list of people entitled to get the $500 per month seaman’s benefits.

  2. Patricia Bryan says:

    Jeff chose the state of Georgia for a reason, marriage…but he may not be as smart as he think though.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Run Jeff run!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dey looks like dey is habbin fun at dat partee

  5. Anonymous says:

    the legal claim also refers to broader allegations about the “damage done by the defendants’ greed” that has “deeply tarnished the FIFA brand”

    Now that is funny. ?????

  6. Anonymous says:

    LOL! FIFA are at the far end of a very long queue if they think this is going to fly. I’d say DoJ have first dibs on anything that might be up for grabs.

    Sounds more to me like it’s a move (as in smokescreen) to distance FIFA from the whole sordid mess.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jeff Webb is set for life thanks to FIFA and CIFA

  8. Anonymous says:

    FIFA is seeking to recover at least $2 million from Jeff Webb. The CI government better hurry up before the Bakery laundry mat runs dry.

    • Anonymous says:

      C I Government had better seize all his assets here and get back our money from the world’s most notorious gangster. He has not only let himself down but the whole world, in his stride for excellence. The Gambino mobsters are angels in comparison to Jeff Webb. He lived the life, let’s see what his next pay cheque will be.

      • Anonymous says:

        And his family who cursed those that were outraged about criminal Webb’s thievery should finally shut their trap! Didn’t any of his family wonder how he was making more than he was being paid by FIFA? Now the law needs to go after the local people in FIFA and CIFA and demand they open their books for inspection. If Webb took money that was meant for a new field then that should be sufficient ground for investigation. What is the hold up?

      • Jotnar says:

        The Gambino crime family are angles in comparison with to Jeff Webb!!! No lover of the man or what he has done for Caymans reputation, but that is just a little rich.

    • Anonymous says:

      How has the Captain’s Laundry been allowed to operate without investigation..?

  9. Just Askin' says:

    And CIFA?

    • Anonymous says:

      What can you say about CIFA? Unfortunately is under jurisdiction of the local authorities who have been looking a suspicion activity since last year when the last audit was carried out and the auditors were not able to sign off the books. Bruce Blake and company did not allow any one to run against them in the election and promise to have the audited financial records available soon thereafter. As of today
      nothing has happen.

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