Warner, Webb accused of embezzling disaster and development funds in FIFA corruption scandal
Asuperseding indictment filed in a United States court has outlined allegations that two Caribbean football administrators, who were charged earlier this year in the FIFA corruption scandal, embezzled money intended for disaster relief and development projects.
According to the 236-page indictment filed on November 25 and unsealed yesterday, former FIFA vice-president and president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Jack Warner and his successor Jeffrey Webb did more than just give and take kickbacks and bribes.
“FIFA’s provision of money –which totalled in the hundreds of millions of dollars – to its member associations in connection with the Goal Programme, Financial Assistance Programme (FAP), and other programmes created opportunities for officials to embezzle or otherwise fraudulently appropriate funding intended to benefit FIFA’s member associations and their constituent organizations, including youth leagues,” the indictment states.
Webb, of the Cayman Islands, has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy. As part of his plea – an about-face from the not guilty plea he entered in July – he will forfeit $6.7 million. Warner, meantime, is fighting his extradition in the Trinidad and Tobago court, to prevent facing charges in the US.
The superseding indictment lists 16 new defendants; two were arrested yesterday including Alfredo Hawit of Honduras who took over as head of CONCACAF. - Caribbean360.com
Jack Warner and Jeffery Webb “did more than just give and take kickbacks and bribes” says 236 page indictment.