Former Cayman Islands football boss goes down to Georgia
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - A New York judge has granted permission for the Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb to move his house arrest to his home in Atlanta, Georgia. The former FIFA vice president and CONCACAF president had applied for a change in his $10 million bail conditions so he could live at his house in Loganville, as he said he could not afford to live in the area close to the Brooklyn courthouse in New York where the FIFA corruption case, in which he has been indicted, is being heard.
Webb (50) is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes for marketing and broadcasting rights for CONCACAF tournaments. Having agreed to extradition from Switzerland, where he was arrested and jailed in May, Webb was bailed when he arrived in New York after stumping up some $10 million in luxury goods, including high-end cars, Rolex watches and his wife’s diamonds.
With his assets frozen and no job, Webb was finding the cost of living and covering the cost of security for his house arrest increasingly difficult and asked to move to Georgia and to the home where, according to the indictment against him, some of the cash he is alleged to have gained via the alleged bribery was supposedly spent on a swimming pool.
In a letter to the court last month, Webb’s attorneys stated, “This financial burden is worsened by the fact that nearly the entirety of Mr and Mrs Webb’s cash savings is maintained in bank accounts that are encumbered as a result of the indictment and forfeiture allegations in this case.”
The judge hearing the case, Raymond Dearie, ruled that Webb could live in George as long as he made it to court in New York when required and he remained on home detention with an electronic tag and 24-hour security.
Webb is next due in court on 9 October. On Monday US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her Swiss counterpart, Michael Lauber, will be holding a press conference in Zürich to update the media on the ongoing FIFA probes.
Source: Cayman News Source
2nd photo: Webb's house in Georgia