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CAYMAN ISLANDS | Football Association Vice President arrested in money laundering probe

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Jul. 4, CMC  –  The Vice President of the Cayman Islands Football Association  (CIFA)  has been arrested in connection with a corruption and money laundering probe.

Bruce Blake, 47,who is also an attorney, was one of two men arrested in an investigation the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission. He has also been suspended by the association.

In a statement on Monday, issued through his lawyer, Steve McField, Blake  confirmed his arrest in relation to allegations of secret commissions and money laundering in relation to the CIFA, but the football executive has categorically denied the “suspicious” accusations.

The statement noted that police inquiry relates to two US$600,000 payments to the association’s Butterfield Bank account that were transferred to another account.

The statement said the funds were represented to Blake as loans to CIFA to pay down the existing loan to remove the charge on the Centre of Excellence in compliance with FIFA regulations.

Blake was arrested by investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission in the CIFA related probe on Thursday.

McField, said his client had been released on bail and had not been charged with any crimes adding that Blake was not “engaged in arranging nor receiving any secret commission” or in money laundering.

McField said the football executive was “innocent of these suspicious allegations” and has nothing to hide .

Meanwhile the CIFA, in a statement announcing Blake’s suspension,  noted that the inquiry relates to specific cash transactions in CIFA bank accounts, but it is understood “that the association itself is not under investigation”, the release stated.

Concerning Blake’s suspension, the local football body said that, according to its policy, executives are immediately suspended from all football-related activities and from the day-to-day administration if they are under investigation.

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