Update: Webb sentencing put off

Former CIFA president Jeffrey Webb has pleaded guilty in the FIFA scandal in the United States.

UPDATE June 3: Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb will not learn his fate in the FIFA racketeering investigation until at least November, according to officials in the U.S. District Court for New York State’s Eastern District.

Webb’s sentencing was adjourned Friday morning by District Court Judge Raymond Dearie until Nov. 18, 2016 at 10 a.m.

There were no immediate reasons given for delaying the sentence, which had been scheduled for June 3.

ORIGINAL STORY: Cayman Islands businessman Jeffrey Webb faces potential prison time and deportation in connection with his role in the ongoing FIFA racketeering and bribery scandal at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for Friday in U.S. federal court.

Former CIFA president Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the U.S.

Webb pleaded guilty in November 2015 to seven criminal counts, including racketeering, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, in the FIFA indictment. The case 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 commercialization rights for certain football tournaments in the region.

Webb, 51, faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in the scheme, although he is expected to receive a reduced sentence after cooperating with the U.S. prosecutors.

In Webb’s plea hearing on Nov. 23, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Dearie also mentioned deportation from America as a “likely consequence” of his guilty plea. However, the judge also pointed out this was not a matter for his court to decide.

Judge Dearie pointed out that Webb also faces additional fines totaling US$500,000, or an amount equaling half of the proceeds he received from the criminal enterprise, in addition to the US$6.8 million he has already agreed to forfeit in relation to the case.

Although he has agreed to plead guilty, Webb has the right to appeal the length or terms of his sentence in the U.S. if he finds the judgment to be “unreasonable.”

If he is deported from the U.S., where he currently lives with his wife and young son, Webb is likely to face additional criminal charges in connection with an unrelated investigation in Cayman.

Webb was charged last year in relation to the CarePay hospital swipe-card contract fraud, which led to the conviction of his associate Canover Watson in February on conspiracy to defraud and corruption charges.

However, due to the U.S. court proceedings, Webb was not available to stand trial in Cayman with co-defendant Watson, who was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for his role in the CarePay scheme.

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now