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FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

Postby eliteauto » May 27th, 2015, 1:59 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/sport ... -news&_r=1

FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Face Extradition to U.S.

ZURICH — Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get keys and proceeded upstairs to the rooms.

The arrests were carried out peacefully, with at least two men being ushered out of the hotel without handcuffs. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos.

The charges allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals, according to three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case. The charges include wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering, and officials said they targeted members of FIFA’s powerful executive committee, which wields enormous power and does its business largely in secret.

The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades.

The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. An election, seemingly pre-ordained to give him a fifth term as president, is scheduled for Friday.

Prosecutors planned to unseal an indictment against more than 10 officials, not all of whom are in Zurich, law enforcement officials said. Among them are Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, a vice president of the executive committee; Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, who is also an executive committee vice president and until recently was the president of South America’s soccer association; and Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, a former member of the executive committee who has been accused of numerous ethical violations.

“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did,” said a law enforcement official. “It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”

The Justice Department, the F.B.I. and FIFA did not have any immediate comment.

The case is the most significant yet for United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who took office last month. She previously served as the United States attorney in Brooklyn, where she supervised the FIFA investigation. Ms. Lynch and F.B.I. Director James Comey were expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning in New York.

With more than $1.5 billion in reserves, FIFA is as much a global financial conglomerate as a sports organization. With countries around the world competing aggressively to win the bid to host the World Cup, Mr. Blatter has commanded the fealty of anyone who wanted a piece of that revenue stream. He and FIFA have weathered corruption controversies in the past, but none involved charges of federal crimes in United States court.

United States law gives the Justice Department wide authority to bring cases against foreign nationals living abroad, an authority that prosecutors have used repeatedly in international terrorism cases. Those cases can hinge on the slightest connection to the United States, like the use of an American bank or Internet service provider.

Switzerland’s treaty with the United States is unusual in that it gives Swiss authorities the power to refuse extradition for tax crimes, but on matters of general criminal law, the Swiss have agreed to turn people over for prosecution in American courts.

The case further mars the reputation of FIFA’s leader, Mr. Blatter, who has for years acted as a de facto head of state. Politicians, star players, national soccer officials and global corporations that want their brands attached to the sport have long genuflected before him.

Critics of FIFA point to the lack of transparency regarding executive salaries and resource allocations for an organization that, by its own admission, had revenue of $5.7 billion from 2011 to 2014. Policy decisions are also often taken without debate or explanation, and a small group of officials — known as the executive committee — operates with outsize power. FIFA has for years operated with little oversight and even less transparency. Alexandra Wrage, a governance consultant who once unsuccessfully attempted to help overhaul FIFA’s methods, famously labeled the organization “byzantine and impenetrable.”

Law enforcement officials said much of the inquiry involves Concacaf, one of the six regional confederations that compose FIFA. Concacaf — which stands for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football — includes major countries like the United States and Mexico, and also tiny ones like Barbados and Montserrat.

Concacaf was led from 1990 to 2011 by Mr. Warner, the longtime head of Trinidad & Tobago’s federation. A key powerbroker in FIFA’s governing executive committee, Mr. Warner had been dogged by accusations of corruption. He was accused of illegally profiting from the resale of tickets to the 2006 World Cup, and of withholding the bonuses of the Trinidad players who participated in that tournament.

Mr. Warner resigned his positions in FIFA, Concacaf and his national association in 2011 amid mounting evidence that he had been part of an attempt to buy the votes of Caribbean federation officials in the 2010 FIFA presidential election. A 2013 Concacaf report also found that he had received tens of millions of dollars in misappropriated funds.

But according to the rules of FIFA at the time, Mr. Warner’s resignation led to the immediate closure of all ethics committee cases against him. “The presumption of innocence is maintained,” FIFA said in a short statement announcing his departure.

No recent incident better encapsulated FIFA’s unusual power dynamic than the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, which many observers found to be flawed from the start: the decision to award two tournaments at once, critics said, would invite vote-trading and other inducements.

Since only the 24 members of the executive committee would decide on the hosts, persuading even a few of them might be enough to swing the vote. Even before the vote took place, two committee members — Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti — were suspended after an investigation by The Sunday Times caught both men on tape asking for payments in exchange for their support. It was later revealed by England’s bid chief that four ExCo members had solicited bribes from him for their votes; one asked for $2.5 million, while another, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay, requested a knighthood.

As new accounts of bribery continued to emerge — a whistleblower who worked for the Qatar bid team claimed that several African officials were paid $1.5 million each to support Qatar — FIFA in 2012 started an investigation of the bid process. It was led by a former United States attorney, Michael J. Garcia, who spent nearly two years compiling a report. That report, however, has never been made public; instead, the top judge on the ethics committee, the German Joachim Eckert, released a summary of the report. In it, he declared that while violations of the code of ethics had occurred, they had not affected the integrity of the vote.

Within hours, Garcia had criticised Eckert’s summary as incorrect and incomplete, charging that it contained “numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts.” Nonetheless, FIFA moved quickly to embrace the report’s absolution of the bid process. Qatar World Cup officials said the review had upheld “the integrity and quality of our bid,” And Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, told reporters, “I hope we will not have talk about this again.”

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Re: FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges

Postby Allergic2BunnyEars » May 27th, 2015, 2:57 am

I guess no Jack Warner for GE!

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Postby rfari » May 27th, 2015, 3:24 am

Too bad figo drop out the race

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Postby pete » May 27th, 2015, 4:55 am

Fbi is UNC sleeper cell?

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Postby Hyperion » May 27th, 2015, 5:05 am

ILP

I Love Prison.

They waited for the majority of them to be in one place, easier than arranging for extradition from each individual country.

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Postby cincuanta » May 27th, 2015, 5:06 am

FIFA hiding these voting ballots
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Postby bluefete » May 27th, 2015, 5:27 am

The US government does not play.

The only man who might get away is Chuck Blazer who greatly helped the FBI in its investigation and who is dying from cancer.

Hmmm. ILP??????

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Postby Daran » May 27th, 2015, 6:13 am

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Jack Warner appearing on the US Department of Justice list is another blow for one of Fifa’s most got-at ex-officials. He denies wrongdoing, and he’s been consistent on that. Last year he called bribery allegations “press foolishness” – a repeat of 2010’s “BBC foolishness”, 2013’s speculation over his future: “You asked me once and I said that is foolishness. I will say again, that is foolishness”; and 2012’s early rumours of an FBI inquiry: “It’s damn foolishness … I will sue to the high heavens … It will be court after court after court.”

Warner set up his own newspaper in Trinidad in 2013 to counter what he called years of “unholy”, “dirty” press smears. He said at the launch: “Truth, when crushed to the ground, will always rise … A new weekly newspaper shall be launched – Sunshine Newspaper – bringing new hope to your lives.” Enjoy the back issues here.

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Postby pugboy » May 27th, 2015, 7:18 am

I guess the swiss govt don't do section 34

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Postby Allergic2BunnyEars » May 27th, 2015, 7:50 am

http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/st ... defendants

- Jack Warner: Former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, CONCACAF president, CFU president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser.


The following individuals and corporations previously pleaded guilty:

On July 15, 2013, the defendant Daryll Warner, son of defendant Jack Warner and a former FIFA development officer, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with wire fraud and the structuring of financial transactions.

On Oct. 25, 2013, the defendant Daryan Warner waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a three-count information charging him with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and the structuring of financial transactions. Daryan Warner forfeited over $1.1 million around the time of his plea and has agreed to pay a second forfeiture money judgment at the time of sentencing.

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Postby pugboy » May 27th, 2015, 7:52 am

says they pleaded guility in 2013,
they likely were on gag order since, lol

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Postby shake d livin wake d dead » May 27th, 2015, 7:58 am

Jack is next...wait for it

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Postby src1983 » May 27th, 2015, 8:22 am

Jack isn't going anywhere, Kamla and rowley smiling. Election year is here and funds are needed, both parties will promise prolong extradition for considerable campaign funds

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Postby Allergic2BunnyEars » May 27th, 2015, 8:33 am

pugboy wrote:says they pleaded guility in 2013,
they likely were on gag order since, lol


I do recall reading reports of one of the sons giving an interview with TV6 saying everything normal. No charges, no arrests etc.

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Postby Dizzy28 » May 27th, 2015, 8:52 am

No arrest for Blatter no care!!
I must say Sepp has to be especially brilliant at the corruption thing to not be included after an FBI probe.

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Postby Slartibartfast » May 27th, 2015, 9:04 am

Dizzy28 wrote:No arrest for Blatter no care!!
I must say Sepp has to be especially brilliant at the corruption thing to not be included after an FBI probe.

This was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Clearly his friends are in higher places.

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Postby rfari » May 27th, 2015, 9:05 am

Not yet. They squeeze chuck blazer borls and got jw. If they squeeze jw borls he just might cough up blatter

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Postby Redman » May 27th, 2015, 9:12 am

Squeeze Jack-get Concacaf info on LATAM movement of money.

possible useful data on laundering/drug money.

At the end of the day the money trail will be the Holy Grail.

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Postby Allergic2BunnyEars » May 27th, 2015, 9:13 am

Dizzy28 wrote:No arrest for Blatter no care!!
I must say Sepp has to be especially brilliant at the corruption thing to not be included after an FBI probe.


Patience? Read that other investigations still ongoing.

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When I think of racketeering the first image in my mind is -
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I guess the bowler hat and tommy gun is gone but the suit remains.

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Postby Slartibartfast » May 27th, 2015, 9:28 am

I reading those ages right? Jack Warner is one of the young boys at the tender age of 72

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Postby Country_Bookie » May 27th, 2015, 9:29 am

From twitter:

Martyn Ziegler ‏@martynziegler · 3h3 hours ago
Sources in Trinidad say US officials have asked the island's authorities to arrest Jack Warner.


This guy is the Chief Sports Reporter, Press Association.
Extradition proceedings usually take years to be decided in TT and can go all the way to the Privy Council. Will this one be different?

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Postby rfari » May 27th, 2015, 10:53 am

US DOJ press conference on now. BBC 98.7

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Postby Hyperion » May 27th, 2015, 11:22 am

Sabriel wrote:the PP must be smiling....couldn't be at a better time...


How could the PP be smiling? U mad?

All the FIFA money that Jack "borrow" was used to finance the 2010 campaign. They could distance themselves all they want now, what is done is done. And don't feel the US Justice Dept and Attorney General now aware of that.

The PP better hope that the money trail don't lead to any individuals' bank accounts, because they going down too.

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Postby rfari » May 27th, 2015, 11:33 am

Wonder if jw gonna finally request his 'one favour' from the UNC? After all he did for them? Can garvin nicholas avert MAD? This gonna be good
US makes extradition request for Warner
Published on May 27, 2015, 11:20 am AST
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ATTORNEY GENERAL Garvin Nicholas has confirmed that he met with authorities from United States this morning who are in Trinidad to extradite Jack Warner on charges of racketeering and corruption.

Nicholas made the confirmation to media before attending a function at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain.

Warner is to be indicted on several charges which include money laundering conspiracy, racketeering and fraud while a vice-president of football governing body FIFA.

Warner, 72, is one of nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives indicted.

Warner's two sons, Daryll and Daryan, cooperated with US investigators and pleaded guilty almost two years ago to a series of charges.

Details of the charges were unsealed today in a statement issued by the US Department of Justice.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20150527 ... for-warner

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Postby civicman » May 27th, 2015, 11:34 am

How would the pp go down?
If jack spent "his" money on some thing would the store clerk be liable.
Were Caribbean governments who received money from Stanford
Charged?
Or did Stanford have to take the shaft
Talk thing with sense nah
Doh talk for talkin sake

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Postby Sumana.00 » May 27th, 2015, 11:53 am

Hyperion wrote:
Sabriel wrote:the PP must be smiling....couldn't be at a better time...


How could the PP be smiling? U mad?

All the FIFA money that Jack "borrow" was used to finance the 2010 campaign. They could distance themselves all they want now, what is done is done. And don't feel the US Justice Dept and Attorney General now aware of that.

The PP better hope that the money trail don't lead to any individuals' bank accounts, because they going down too.


Allyuh still on this story that he financed 2010 Elections? He asked PM to contribute and she said no Jack, we have enough, keep your money.

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Postby wagonrunner » May 27th, 2015, 12:01 pm

hahahahaahahhaa

this is the best fiction i've read all week.

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Postby rfari » May 27th, 2015, 12:19 pm

civicman wrote:How would the pp go down?
If jack spent "his" money on some thing would the store clerk be liable.
Were Caribbean governments who received money from Stanford
Charged?
Or did Stanford have to take the shaft
Talk thing with sense nah
Doh talk for talkin sake

Stanford’s Political Donations Must Be Returned, Court Says
3:19 PM AKDT October 23, 2012

Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Five Republican and Democratic national political committees must repay $1.6 million in campaign donations Texas financier R. Allen Stanford contributed out of $7 billion he stole from investors, an appeals court ruled.
Two Democratic committees and three Republican committees had urged a New Orleans appellate panel to overturn a lower-court order that they return contributions Stanford donated from 2000 to 2008 to his court-appointed receiver, who is marshaling assets to repay investors.
At oral arguments in May, the political groups argued that they were legally entitled to keep the donations, which were spent long ago on a variety of campaigns.

“The committees’ argument would lead to absurd results,” U.S. Circuit Judge James Dennis said in a 14-page decision. “Under their interpretation, they would be allowed to keep funds that were, for example, stolen by force or fraud so long as the contributions did not run afoul” of U.S. campaign-finance restrictions.
$7 Billion
“Nor does the fact that the original funds have been spent preclude the receiver from asserting his claim,” Dennis said.
Stanford, 62, is serving a 110-year prison sentence after he was convicted in March of swindling investors of $7 billion through bogus certificates of deposit at Antigua-based Stanford International Bank Ltd.
Stanford and his companies donated $950,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; $238,500 to the National Republican Congressional Committee; $200,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; $128,500 to the Republican National Committee; and $83,345 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to the ruling. With court-ordered interest added, the five committees must repay more than $1.7 million, according to court records.
“Today’s court ruling affirms the long-standing principle that federal equity receivers are permitted to recover fraudulent transfers made by the individuals and entities over whom they are appointed,’’ Scott Powers, an attorney for the receiver, said in an e-mail. ‘‘The ruling also brings Stanford’s victims one step closer to recovering over $1.6 million in political donations that Allen Stanford and his co-conspirators made using other people’s money. With attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest, the total recovery under the Court’s judgment could exceed $2.2 million.’’
Mark Shank, an attorney representing the Republican committees, and attorneys Brian Svoboda and Marc Elias, who represent the Democratic committees, didn’t immediately respond to voice or e-mail messages asking if their clients will appeal the decision.
The case is Janvey v. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Inc., 11-10704, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (New Orleans).
The criminal case is U.S. v. Stanford, 09-cr-342, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston).

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... rt-says-2-

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