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Football association Vice President arrested

Local attorney and Cayman Islands Football Association Vice President Bruce Blake was arrested last week in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe.

Update: Webb sentencing put off

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.

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.

Deportation ‘likely’ after Webb guilty plea

Cayman businessman Jeffrey Webb faces up to a 20-year sentence, possible deportation and additional fines in exchange for his November guilty plea to racketeering and fraud-related charges in connection with the ongoing FIFA probe in the U.S.

US court refuses bid for Webb plea deal

A U.S. federal court judge refused a news organization’s bid on Friday for documents disclosing details of a plea agreement with Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb and two other high-profile defendants in the ongoing FIFA corruption probe.

Ex-CONCACAF chief Hawit pleads guilty

The last president of FIFA’s regional football governing body, Alfredo Hawit, pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court Monday in connection with the ongoing FIFA racketeering and bribery probe.

FIFA defendant, ex-Cayman resident Takkas sent to US

Former Cayman Islands resident Costas Takkas was extradited to the U.S. Tuesday, after spending nearly 10 months detained in Switzerland in connection with the ongoing FIFA bribery and corruption investigation.

FIFA sues corrupt officials

World football governing body FIFA is suing its corrupt former executives, including Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb, in an attempt to claim “tens of millions of dollars” in damages.

FIFA corruption case: Bribe linked to Webb, local attorney

A previously unidentified player in the international FIFA corruption probe has revealed specific football bribe payments that he told U.S. federal investigators were intended for Jeffrey Webb. One of those payments, he said, was sent to the Florida bank account of a “Caymanian attorney.”

Time short for Watson appeal

The deadline for Cayman Islands businessman Canover Watson to appeal his Grand Court conviction on five fraud and corruption-related charges is Friday.

Webb parties amid FIFA fallout

His best friend and someone he once described as “his brother” was sent to jail for seven years Friday.

Lawsuit: US$1.2M in CIFA loans were ‘graft’

Some US$1.2 million in what were initially called loans granted to the Cayman Islands Football Association in 2013 have been described as “graft” in a lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court.

CONCACAF ‘contributions’ from FIFA on hold

FIFA, world football’s governing body, announced this week that it has put funding on hold “until further notice” for two of its confederations in the Americas – including one in the Caribbean and Central America.

FIFA scandal: Swiss hand evidence to US authorities

The Swiss Federal Office of Justice has given U.S. authorities a first set of bank documents that will be used as evidence in criminal proceedings against the football executives.

At year’s end: Future paths, old obstacles

As 2015 draws to a close, the Compass Editorial Board looks at some of the obstacles facing Cayman, a number of which can be turned into opportunities for advancement and improvement.

Editorial Year in Review: FIFA, corruption

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Top stories of 2015: FIFA scandal puts Cayman in spotlight

A dawn raid at a luxurious Swiss hotel in May led to the crumbling of a soccer empire and thrust the Cayman Islands into the world spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

FIFA scandal: Cayman football in Webb’s shadow

In the United States, the trial of Jeffrey Webb is over before it began. Here in the Cayman Islands, however, the stain of Webb's legacy is only beginning to become apparent.

MP: Brits should be ready to assist Cayman FIFA investigations

A British MP and FIFA reform campaigner has called on the U.K. Serious Fraud Office to take a greater role in investigating corruption in the game’s governing body.

Cayman issues poised for 'prime time'

From the standpoint of sheer numbers, we cannot recall another point in time where Cayman faced so many reputational threats of our own creation.

A changing of the guard at CIMA

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has undergone a major shake-up ... but, frankly, not the one which we had anticipated.

FIFA defendant extradited to U.S.

FIFA defendant No. 1 - believed to be Cayman's Jeffrey Webb - is sent to the U.S. to face charges.

Keeping Cayman's focus on FIFA

In the midst of the ongoing local “Sturm und Drang” regarding this government and this newspaper, it is important that we not lose sight of the Cayman Islands' role in the FIFA scandal.

FIFA defendant wants out of detention

One of the seven FIFA defendants arrested in Switzerland last month says he wants out of detention pending extradition proceedings.

Premier calls anti-corruption editorial 'treasonous'

Cayman's premier accuses the publisher of the Cayman Compass newspaper of crimes against the state over an editorial.

Cayman's financial regulator begins 'internal review'

Cayman's financial regulator begins an internal review of FIFA-related matters.

CIMA chief Scotland must recuse herself from FIFA matters

Cindy Scotland, the managing director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, must recuse herself from all matters that come before our country’s financial regulator involving the unfolding FIFA scandal.

Corruption: An insidious, creeping crime

Corruption in a country corrodes, erodes — and eventually destroys. It is all too common in the Cayman Islands. From George Town to ghost town, in the blink of an eye. It could happen.

When 'no comment' is the wrong comment

All that the Cayman Islands has painstakingly built now faces great peril, in the form of the still-combusting FIFA scandal. Yet the response from our leaders is near silence.

Support for Webb amid FIFA scandal

Family and friends of FIFA vice president Jeff Webb have spoken out in support of the banker, businessman and football official, following his arrest on corruption charges in Switzerland.

The Webb arrest: Dealing with the reputational fallout

The arrest of Caymanian Jeffrey Webb in relation to corruption and racketeering charges filed in the U.S. will cause the Cayman Islands significant reputational damage.

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