Applies for change to bail conditions
Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb claims he is struggling to fund his house arrest in New York and has applied to the U.S. federal court to allow him to relocate to Georgia, where he and his wife have a home.
Caymanian Webb, who has denied multiple corruption charges in his FIFA-related activities, has been required to live within 20 miles of the courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, under the supervision of FBI-approved security guards, paid for at his own expense, since his release last month on a US$10 million bail package.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Webb’s attorneys claim the current bail conditions are causing economic hardship for the former Cayman football boss and his family.
“The costs associated with maintaining his residence in close proximity to this courthouse and paying for the required security detail for the month that Mr. Webb has been in the United States are now posing extraordinary financial and logistical burdens on Mr. Webb and his immediate family, who reside in Loganville, Georgia, near Atlanta,” Webb’s attorney, Edward O’Callaghan, wrote in the court filing.
“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 filing indicates that prosecutors are not opposing the change in bail conditions as long as the security remains in place.
Webb’s attorneys suggest that allowing him to move to his Georgia residence will enable him to care for his year-old son and allow his wife, Dr. Kendra Gamble Webb, to find work as a physician.
It suggests the move will also mean reduced housing, travel and security costs for Webb and his family.
Webb secured his bail using 10 properties, a fleet of expensive cars, including a 2015 Ferrari, and luxury watches and jewelry, including his wife’s diamond wedding ring. If he breaks any of his bail conditions, those items or properties, some owned by members of his family, could be forfeited.
Webb was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in May, along with several other FIFA officials after U.S. federal prosecutors alleged an international racketeering and bribery scandal dubbed the “World Cup of fraud.”
Webb is personally accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes for steering lucrative contracts to certain sports marketing companies.
Webb faces 15 felony counts, including racketeering, bribery and money laundering. He pleaded not guilty on July 18 after deciding not to fight extradition from Switzerland.