Police business manager facing charges in football probe

    The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service business manager is expected to be charged Monday in connection with an ongoing probe into financial irregularities at regional football governing body CONCACAF.

    Charmaine Moss was placed on required leave by the police Friday after it emerged that prosecutors had recommended charges following the conclusion of an extensive criminal investigation.

    She is expected to appear in Summary Court early this week.

    Moss retained her post as the RCIPS’s business manager – a civilian role – and her contract was renewed on at least one occasion while the lengthy investigation unfolded.

    Contacted by the Cayman Compass Friday evening, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne confirmed he had placed Moss on required leave, “pending the disposal of criminal charges by the Director of Public Prosecutions”.

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    He added, “The charges relate to financial activities between 2012 and 2014, before her employment with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.”

    Byrne declined to comment further at this stage.

    Moss was hired by the RCIPS in spring of 2016. The Compass understands the police financial crimes unit began investigating allegations that she was implicated in alleged financial irregularities at CONCACAF later the same year.

    CONCACAF is the regional football governing body for the Caribbean, North and Central America.

    Moss never had a formal role with CONCACAF, but was involved with the organisation, and with Cayman football in general, as a volunteer, the Compass understands.

    She was chair of volunteers for the local organising committee when a regional Under-15 tournament was held in Cayman in 2013.

    Caymanian Jeffrey Webb was president of both the Cayman Islands Football Association and CONCACAF until he was arrested, along with multiple other officials from football world governing body FIFA, in Zurich in 2015.

    Webb pleaded guilty later the same year to seven counts in a US federal court indictment alleging he and dozens of other defendants conspired to rig sports marketing contracts for various world football events in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes. Webb is still under house arrest in the US awaiting sentencing for his crimes.

    A slew of local and international investigations relating to widespread allegations of financial irregularities in local and global football have followed. Former CIFA executives Bruce Blake and Canover Watson are both facing money-laundering charges in connection with an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

    Moss was investigated by the financial crimes unit rather than the ACC. The exact charges against her have not yet been revealed.

    The Compass submitted questions to the Ministry of Employment and Border Control, which has responsibility for the police, as well as the police, querying why Moss remained in such an influential role with the police while the investigation took place; however, no response had been received by press time.

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