Webb, Warner embezzled money earmarked for natural disaster relief

Thursday December 3rd, 2015

Among the number of salacious details in the U.S. Department of Justice's 236-page indictment of individuals connected to the ongoing FIFA scandal is one particularly disturbing nugget involving two individuals who had already been implicated.

Former CONCACAF presidents and FIFA vice presidents Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb embezzled money meant for natural disaster relief. 

From page 50 of the indictment:

The conspirators' corruption of the enterprise extended beyond the payment and receipt of bribes and kickbacks. FIFA's provision of money - which totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars - to its member associations in connection with the Goal Program, Financial Assistance Program (FAP), and other programs 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. Certain of the defendants and their co-conspirators, including the defendant Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb, took advantage of these opportunities and embezzled or otherwise personally appropriated funds provided by FIFA, including funds intended for natural disaster relief.

According to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Webb was one of eight defendants to plead guilty in the case, and information that he provided helped the investigators in their latest swoop. Warner, meanwhile, is fighting extradition to the U.S. after being implicated in the FIFA scandal in May.

On Thursday, 16 more individuals were indicted, with Lynch promising even more action in the future. Among the individuals was Webb's successor as CONCACAF president, Alfredo Hawit.

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