Court: Webb allowed to return to Georgia

Indicted former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been allowed to return to his home in Loganville, Georgia, following an application made to the U.S. federal court last month by his attorneys. 

Lawyers for Webb, 50, last month requested a variance of the Cayman Islands resident’s bail conditions, which required him to live within 20 miles of the Brooklyn, New York courthouse where the case against him and eight other indicted FIFA defendants is being heard. 

Webb argued that the cost of living in New York City, with around-the-clock security, was proving to be unaffordable as well as impossible in terms of logistics. 

“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 application stated. 

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie ordered last week that Webb be allowed to reside in his Georgia home, assuming he can make it to court in New York for the relevant dates and adhere to other release conditions. Those conditions include electronic monitoring, home detention, a 24/7 security detail and two additional sureties to the government. 

The additional sureties to be provided to government were not identified in U.S. court documents. 

Webb’s house in Loganville has been the subject of some prosecutorial and media scrutiny since his arrest in Switzerland on May 27. 

U.S. court records have alleged that part of the money Webb received in bribe payments via intermediaries from sports marketing companies seeking commercial rights to certain FIFA football tournaments was used to pay for a pool at the Loganville address. 

In addition to the U.S. court indictments, the Cayman Compass revealed in June that Webb and Canover Watson, another top-level Cayman Islands football official, face separate criminal investigations, and they both bought houses on the same street in Loganville within the past five years. 

One of the homes, a three-story mansion at 2116 Adel Drive in Loganville, is valued at US$931,000. The 9,851-square-foot home, which is listed as having six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, is owned by Webb and his wife, Atlanta-area physician Kendra Gamble-Webb, according to Rockdale County, Georgia, tax records. It is one of several properties Webb owns in the state of Georgia that are now potentially subject to asset forfeiture proceedings, according to federal court indictments issued last week. 

Just down from the Webb home, at 2128 Adel Drive, is a US$550,000 two-story, 7,694-square-foot home on three acres owned by suspended FIFA audit committee member and Cayman Islands businessman Watson. 

Watson, who is not charged in connection with the FIFA bribery scandal, faces a criminal trial in Cayman related to allegations that he used his former position as a member of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Board to enrich himself through the award of two public hospital contracts.

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A federal court is allowing Jeffrey Webb to reside at his home in Loganville, Georgia, while he is on bail on U.S. federal racketeering and bribery charges.
A federal court is allowing Jeffrey Webb to reside at his home in Loganville, Georgia, while he is on bail on U.S. federal racketeering and bribery charges. – Kevin D. Liles/ for the Cayman Compass