Webb’s sentencing delayed again

Former Cayman Islands and international football administrator Jeffrey Webb has seen his sentencing in connection with a United States-led crackdown on corruption in the sport delayed once again.

Webb, 54, was able to secure the latest postponement through his lawyer, Ernie Gao, who asked prosecutors to push sentencing back by six months. He was due to be sentenced in September. This now means that any sentencing is now likely to take place in March 2019, nearly four years after the Caymanian was arrested during a raid a five-star hotel in Zurich, Switzerland where he and others who were planning to attend FIFA meetings.

The former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president, who rose through the ranks of international football administration as president of CONCACAF and vice-president of world governing body FIFA, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies in the US-led crackdown on bribery and corruption in international football.

For much of that time since, Webb has been under house arrest in the US. He’s had his sentencing postponed on numerous occasions and has already agreed to forfeit more than US$6.7 million.

The former businessman is also wanted by Cayman Islands authorities in connection with another matter. Local charges are pending against him for his role in the scandal involving the CarePay swipe card contract at the Health Services Authority. Webb and long-time friend and former CIFA treasurer, Canover Watson – who has already been convicted – are accused of pocketing millions of dollars in connection with that case.

It’s not yet clear if US authorities will extradite him to the Cayman Islands to face the court on that matter.

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