Warner, Webb ac­cused of em­bez­zling dis­as­ter and de­vel­op­ment funds in FIFA cor­rup­tion scan­dal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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