Webb sentencing date put back to July

Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb has had his sentencing date put off for the fourth time since he pleaded guilty to racketeering and money laundering conspiracy charges in the FIFA bribery scandal.

On April 20, a U.S. District Court judge agreed to push Webb’s May 11 sentencing to July 11.

Webb’s attorneys had asked for the date to be postponed another six months.

Webb pleaded guilty in November 2015 to seven counts of criminal conduct in relation to what prosecutors said was a decades-long bribery racket. Webb pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy.

The scheme described by U.S. prosecutors alleged Webb, and others at FIFA – world football’s governing body – solicited bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for directing lucrative broadcasting and commercial rights deals for various football tournaments to the bribe-payers. Dozens of U.S. banks were used to make those alleged bribe payments to Webb and others, prosecutors said. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the racketeering charge alone.

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FIFA’s Ethics Committee also found Webb guilty last year of violating general rules of conduct, rules of loyalty, rules for disclosure and financial reporting, conflicts of interest and bribery and corruption.

He has been banned for life from “all football-related activities on a national and international level.”

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