Webb, Takkas get privileges granted by court

FIFA racketeering defendant Jeffrey Webb has been granted permission by a U.S. federal court to travel farther from his suburban Atlanta, Georgia, home in order to provide care for his young son, court records released Friday stated.

In addition, Webb’s wife, Dr. Kendra Gamble-Webb, will get her passport back.

Federal authorities seized her passport after Webb’s arrest on May 27, 2015. Dr. Gamble-Webb has not been accused of any crime in connection with the FIFA investigation.

The order authorizing Webb’s additional travel permits him to travel up to 50 miles from his Georgia home between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week “for the purpose of running errands and to facilitate care of his infant son.”

Webb pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, a total of seven criminal counts in the FIFA indictment. The case now involves more than 40 former high-ranking officials in world football’s governing body.

Webb, a former FIFA vice president, is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for awarding commercial rights for certain football tournaments in the region. His sentencing is set for June 3.

Details from the U.S. plea hearing transcripts state that Webb is the sole caregiver for his 2-year-old child while his wife is at work during the day. He was previously allowed to travel within 20 miles of his Loganville home. The new arrangement allows him to travel farther away.

Meanwhile, the court last week varied the bail conditions for former Cayman resident Costas Takkas, who has pleaded not guilty to fraud and racketeering charges in connection with the FIFA probe. Takkas’s passport was returned to his attorneys briefly so that he could apply for a U.S. driver’s license while staying at his residence in Florida.

“Many tasks, especially banking, require original identification,” Takkas’s attorneys wrote in an April letter to the court. “Thus, Mr. Takkas is in need of a Florida state ID, which requires his passport.”

Takkas, who was arrested in May 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland, along with Webb and a number of other FIFA officials, was extradited to the U.S. earlier this year to face charges.