US Attorney General files federal indictment in UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN District of NEW YORK CRIMINAL DIVISION against FIFA.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. JEFFREY WEBB, EDUARDO LI, JULIO ROCHA, COSTAS TAKKAS, JACK WARNER, EUGENIO FIGUEREDO, RAFAEL ESQUIVEL, JOSEMARIA MARIN, NICOLAS LEOZ, ALEJANDRO BURZACO, AARON DAVIDSON, HUGO JINKIS, MARIANO JINKIS, and JOSE MARGULIES, also known as Jose Lazaro, Defendants.
NINE FIFA OFFICIALS AND FIVE CORPORATE EXECUTIVESINDICTED.
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Note: The number of defendants arrested in Zurich increased to seven. Earlier this morning,
Swiss authorities in Zurich arrested seven of the defendants charged in the indictment, the
defendants Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo,
Rafael Esquivel and JosÃ© Maria Marin, at the request of the United States. Also this morning,
a search warrant is being executed at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami, Florida.
NINE FIFA OFFICIALS AND FIVE CORPORATE EXECUTIVES
INDICTED FOR RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY AND CORRUPTION
The Defendants Include Two Current FIFA Vice Presidents and the Current and Former
Presidents of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association
Football (CONCACAF); Six Defendants Arrested Overseas; Guilty Pleas for Four
Individual Defendants and Two Corporate Defendants Also Unsealed
WASHINGTON â€“ A 47-count indictment was unsealed early this morning in federal
court in Brooklyn, New York, charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and
money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendantsâ€™
participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international
soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were
also unsealed today.
The defendants charged in the indictment include high-ranking officials of the
FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the organization responsible for the
regulation and promotion of soccer worldwide, as well as leading officials of other soccer
governing bodies that operate under the FIFA umbrella. Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner â€“ the
current and former presidents of CONCACAF, the continental confederation under FIFA
headquartered in the United States â€“ are among the soccer officials charged with racketeering
and bribery offenses. The defendants also include U.S. and South American sports marketing
executives who are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed