Dec. 9, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb has been officially terminated as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after pleading guilty to involvement in racketeering and bribery schemes at world football’s governing body, FIFA.
Dec. 9, 2015 – In the United States, the trial of Jeffrey Webb is over before it began — as he pleaded guilty to seven charges stemming from a U.S. investigation into corruption in world football’s governing body, FIFA. Here in the Cayman Islands, however, the stain of Webb’s legacy is only beginning to become apparent.
Dec. 7, 2015 – Unnamed individuals, including Caymanians, handled some of what U.S. prosecutors said was bribe money paid to Caymanian Jeffrey Webb between 2012 and 2014, according to federal court records released last week.
Dec. 7, 2015 – Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden led new calls for an independent inquiry into Cayman football’s governing body, following allegations that Jeffrey Webb embezzled funds intended for youth soccer programs.
Dec. 4, 2015 – Cayman Islands businessman Jeffrey Webb has pleaded guilty to seven charges in a 15 count indictment against him related to the U.S. Department of Justice probe of racketeering and bribery schemes in world football’s governing body, FIFA.
Dec. 3, 2015 – World football’s organizing body for the Caribbean, Central and North American region was thrown into upheaval again Thursday as its new president – nominated in late May- was arrested by Swiss authorities in connection with an ongoing U.S. racketeering and bribery probe of FIFA.
Dec. 3, 2015 – The FIFA corruption scandal, which has links to the Cayman Islands, fits right in with the ranks of notorious mobsters and gangster-hunting “G-men” featured at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nov. 23, 2015 – Cayman has a reputation for being a hotbed of corruption, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Nov. 20, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission is actively investigating 12 cases of corruption, and incoming complaints have dropped by more than half since 2012-2013, according to the annual report released this week.
Oct. 27, 2015 – Two Cayman Islands Monetary Authority board members appointed earlier this year are unable to serve their three-year terms for various reasons, and replacements will have to be found, Financial Services Minister Wayne Panton confirmed Monday.
Oct. 12, 2015 – Swiss authorities have approved the extradition of Costas Takkas, Jeffrey Webb’s assistant at FIFA and former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, to face trial in the U.S. on bribery charges.
Oct. 1, 2015 – 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.
Sept. 30, 2015 – Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner was banned for life from football activities by FIFA, effective Friday. Warner is also facing extradition to the U.S. from his home country of Trinidad and Tobago.
Sept. 24, 2015 – The third of seven FIFA officials arrested in May during a U.S. law enforcement raid at a Zurich hotel has been ordered to be extradited to America.
Sept. 18, 2015 – The second of seven arrested FIFA officials being held in Switzerland in connection with an international football bribery probe has been ordered extradited to the U.S.
Sept. 15, 2015 – A 2005 FIFA contract obtained by Swiss broadcaster SRF indicates that FIFA President Sepp Blatter allegedly sold TV rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup for a fraction of the market price to the Caribbean Football Union and the regional football body’s then-president Jack Warner.
Sept. 9, 2015 – Former Sports Minister Mark Scotland has become the latest member of the Cayman Islands Football Association executive to step down from his role.
Sept. 8, 2015 – Indicted former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb has been allowed to return to his home in Loganville, Georgia, following an application made to the U.S. federal court last month by his attorneys.
Sept. 7, 2015 – Law firm Maples and Calder will continue its sponsorship of grass roots football in the Cayman Islands despite recent controversies surrounding the game’s local governing body.
Sept. 4, 2015 – Almost $1 million in loans from unnamed private companies have been re-assigned as sponsorship income in the Cayman Islands Football Association’s 2013/14 accounts.
Sept. 4, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Football Association had a loss of almost $17,000 on buying and selling World Cup tickets, according to its financial statements for 2013/2014.
Sept. 2, 2015 – The turmoil surrounding the Cayman Islands Football Association increased Tuesday as acting general secretary Paul Macey announced his resignation.
Aug. 31, 2015 – Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb claims he is struggling to fund his house arrest in New York and has applied to the U.S. federal court to allow him to relocate to Georgia, where he and his wife have a home.
Aug. 31, 2015 – Football boss Bruce Blake has promised full cooperation with any investigation into the Cayman Islands Football Association’s finances after being confirmed as acting leader of the organization.
Aug. 28, 2015 – Acting head of the Cayman Islands Football Association Bruce Blake has shrugged off government’s decision to pull funding from the organization and insists he is the man to take the sport forward.
Aug. 26, 2015 – The upcoming elections for the Cayman Islands Football Association could have constituted a fresh start for a troubled organization that is ground zero for the international FIFA corruption scandal.
Aug. 26, 2015 – Government is pulling its funding from the Cayman Islands Football Association amid concerns about the handling of leadership elections.
Aug. 26, 2015 – Three months after 14 arrests in an international racketeering and bribery investigation shook world football, just three criminal defendants – including Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb – are currently before the U.S. court system.
Aug. 21, 2015 – Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden has called on the Cayman Islands Football Association to hold “free and fair elections” on its leadership.
Aug. 18, 2015 – Bruce Blake looks set to be re-elected unopposed as first vice president and acting president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after Renard Moxam’s nomination to stand for election was rejected.
Aug. 6, 2015 – More connections between Jeffrey Webb and Cayman’s financial regulator are revealed.
Aug. 6, 2015 – Renard Moxam is bidding to lead the Cayman Islands Football Association saying the organization needs a fresh start under new leadership following negative publicity in the wake of the corruption allegations that have shaken the world game.
July 31, 2015 – An international accounting firm is being brought in to assist the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority with a forensic review of any local bank transactions connected to the U.S.-based indictments of FIFA officials.
July 29, 2015 – Federal prosecutors look for more leads in the FIFA corruption probe while banks come under increased scrutiny again.
July 29, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has undergone a major shake-up … but, frankly, not the one which we had anticipated.
July 28, 2015 – A shake-up in the Cayman Islands financial services industry regulator comes in the midst of an internal review that began earlier this year related to the involvement of local individuals and financial institutions in the ongoing FIFA corruption investigation.
July 23, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb’s family risks millions to secure his release from prison.
July 20, 2015 – Former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb pleaded not guilty Saturday to a 15-count U.S. federal court indictment against him alleging that he engaged in an international racketeering and bribery scheme with more than a dozen other defendants.
July 17, 2015 – One of seven defendants arrested in connection with an international racketeering and bribery case involving world football’s governing body was sent to the U.S. Wednesday to face criminal charges.
July 14, 2015 – A second public hospital contract catches local prosecutors’ attention in the CarePay criminal probe.
July 10, 2015 – Swiss authorities must weigh competing extradition requests for Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb.
July 9, 2015 – Former FIFA VP Jeffrey Webb and Cayman businessman Canover Watson are alleged to have benefitted from what prosecutors say was a corruptly awarded public hospital contract.
July 8, 2015 – Jeffrey Webb was a director of Jack Warner’s Cayman company J&D International, which obtained World Cup TV rights and sold them for millions, according to court documents obtained by the Cayman Compass.
July 8, 2015 – When authorities in the United States indicted CONCACAF president and Cayman native Jeffrey Webb, the Cayman Islands found itself part of the global narrative of football corruption and overreach.
July 7, 2015 – Both the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the U.S. Justice Department will seek to have former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb returned to their jurisdiction to face criminal charges in separate investigations.
July 3, 2015 – Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb was charged Friday in connection with an ongoing Cayman Islands criminal investigation involving the award of a public hospital contract to a local company prosecutors allege was controlled by Webb’s close associate Canover Watson.
July 3, 2015 – U.S. prosecutors issued extradition requests Wednesday for seven indicted FIFA officials arrested in late May, including former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb and his attaché, U.K. national and long-time Cayman Islands resident Costas Takkas.
June 29, 2015 – American authorities have until Friday to submit extradition requests for the seven indicted FIFA officials who were arrested in Zurich May 27 on racketeering charges.
June 26, 2015 – A top U.S. prosecutor says Cayman is currently better prepared to fight against terrorism financing than America.
June 19, 2015 – More than three-quarters of the respondents to a caymancompass.com online poll who did not respond “I don’t really care” said the resignation of FIFA’s Sepp Blatter would not or would likely not clean up the organization that has been beset with allegations of corruption for many years.
June 19, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Financial Reporting Authority, charged with tracking and analyzing suspicious financial transactions, has a growing backlog of cases as the number of reports from financial institutions grows, according to the authority’s recently released 2013-2014 annual report.
June 18, 2015 – Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber has opened an investigation into FIFA and the selection of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournament sites, including connections to numerous bank accounts.
June 12, 2015 – 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.
June 12, 2015 – The Cayman Islands Football Association expects to complete the artificial grass field at the troubled “centre of excellence” in Prospect by August.
June 11, 2015 – One of the seven FIFA defendants arrested in Switzerland last month says he wants out of detention pending extradition proceedings.
June 10, 2015 – Legislators voted on Monday to pull Government advertising and cease any commercial activity with the Cayman Compass newspaper in response to an editorial which Premier Alden McLaughlin has described as “treasonous”.
June 8, 2015 – Cayman’s premier accuses the publisher of the Cayman Compass newspaper of crimes against the state over an editorial.
June 8, 2015 – Costas Takkas, the second man with links to the Cayman Islands arrested in the FIFA bribery probe, was an auditor who achieved brief fame for a whacky scheme to get English and Scottish professional footballers to play for the Cayman Islands in World Cup qualifiers.
June 5, 2015 – Cayman’s financial regulator begins an internal review of FIFA-related matters.
June 5, 2015 – When Jeffrey Webb became president of the Cayman Islands Football Association 24 years ago, there was so little documentation and memorabilia that its entire history was handed to him in a shoebox.
June 4, 2015 – Fidelity Group chairman was on CONCACAF’s finance committee when bribe payments to Jeffrey Webb were allegedly routed through Fidelity Bank.
June 4, 2015 – Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has defended the islands’ reputation in the wake of the FIFA bribery scandal, saying his government takes a “zero tolerance approach to anyone carrying out illicit activities” through the territory.
June 4, 2015 – 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.
June 4, 2015 – More problems for a Cayman bank already embroiled in an international football bribery scandal.
June 3, 2015 – More connections between Cayman Islands football officials involved in separate criminal probes are revealed.
June 3, 2015 – Facing corruption allegations and banned from “football-related activities” by world governing body FIFA, Jeffrey Webb has been replaced “on a provisional basis” as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, a position he held for 24 years.
June 3, 2015 – Cayman’s Fidelity Bank has announced plans to conduct an internal review of transactions linked to the FIFA corruption probe.
June 3, 2015 – There is no sign yet of extradition orders from the U.S. for the seven FIFA defendants being held in Switzerland.
June 3, 2015 – 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.
June 2, 2015 – An unfinished, problem-plagued football field next to the Cayman Islands Football Association’s headquarters has become the symbol for FIFA’s lopsided power structure.
June 4, 2015 – Cayman’s financial industry regulator said Monday it would act “appropriately, dispassionately and in accordance with our obligations under the law” in the face of allegations linking a Cayman Islands bank to the ongoing FIFA corruption probe.
June 2, 2015 – The first defendant in the FIFA bribery scandal appears before a U.S. court.
June 2, 2015 – The executive committee of the Cayman Islands Football Association called an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss the future of the organization following the arrest of its president and figurehead Jeff Webb on bribery charges in Switzerland.
June 1, 2015 – 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.
June 1, 2015 – Two top-level Cayman Islands football officials who face separate criminal investigations related to bribery and corruption charges own houses on the same street in Loganville, Georgia.
May 29, 2015 – U.S. authorities will face a fight over the extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland this week.
May 29, 2015 – 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.
May 29, 2015 – A look at who was indicted by U.S. federal officials in the FIFA corruption scandal, and the charges they face.
May 28, 2015 – 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.
May 28, 2015 – A number of FIFA leaders, including prominent Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, are arrested in Switzerland and charged with corruption and racketeering.
May 28, 2015 – Allegations that FIFA vice president and Cayman Islands resident Jeff Webb took millions of dollars in bribes were greeted with a mix of silence and sympathy by senior politicians and soccer officials in the territory.
May 28, 2015 – U.S. law enforcement obtained six guilty pleas in the FIFA corruption investigation since 2013, kept under wraps until the indictments announced Wednesday, May 27.
May 27, 2015 – A 47-count U.S. federal court indictment revealed Wednesday morning has alleged that FIFA Vice President and Cayman Islands resident Jeffrey Webb took part, along with at least eight other high-ranking FIFA officials, in a decades-long corruption and racketeering scheme.
January 5, 2015 – When world soccer chief Sepp Blatter visited the Cayman Islands in 2009 for the groundbreaking ceremony of a new center of excellence, Cayman football officials outlined lofty goals for a state-of-the-art facility. Five years later, and in spite of a reported $1.8 million in spending, mostly through grants from FIFA, the dream has yet to materialize.