Justice of the U.S went one step further in the case that investigates the shady management of FIFA and this time it has added new complaints against leaders and companies. The great novelty is that for the first time a North American company (Fox Century), or at least two of its former executives, is denounced. Faced with such a novelty, the Department of Justice published a statement to the prosecutors and agents working on the investigation.
The brief, which brings together several statements, focuses on the improper payment of businessmen who sought to keep broadcast rights, on whom the charges of electronic fraud, money laundering and related crimes, including, among others, an organized crime conspiracy, weigh.
Featured Excerpts from the United States Department of Justice Statement
“The charges revealed today reflect the continued commitment of this Office to eradicate corruption at the highest levels of international soccer and in companies dedicated to promoting and broadcasting the sport,” said United States Attorney Donoghue, in the document. “Both companies and individuals must understand that, regardless of their wealth or power, they will be brought to justice if they use the financial system of the United States to corrupt more ends”
The investigation also involved the New York FBI Eurasian Joint Organized Crime Squad, the FBI’s Sport and Games Integrity Initiative and the IRS-CI Los Angeles Field Office, as well as their colleagues in the United States. United.
“Speculation and bribery in international soccer have been ingrained and commonly known practices for decades. These men, along with the general public, have met the New York FBI And our numerous law enforcement officers are investigating illicit handshakes and clandestine deals hidden in the infrastructure of soccer events, venues, and marketing contracts. The first public office dates back to 2015. This should illustrate everyone who still hopes to score millions in a corrupt way, we are going to find them, “said Sweeney, Assistant Assistant Director of the FBI.
“Over a period of many years, the defendants and their accomplices corrupted the government and international soccer businesses with bribes and engaged in fraudulent criminal schemes that caused significant harm to the sport of soccer.. Their schemes included using shell companies, simulated consulting contracts, and other concealment methods to disguise bribes and make them appear legitimate. IRS-CI is proud to have worked alongside our partners in the FBI to unravel this trail of deception, ”said Korner, special agent in charge of the IRS-CI.
As stated in the indictment, The New Defendants used their positions in the world of international soccer to participate in schemes involving the request, offer, acceptance, payment, and receipt of bribes., mainly to obtain lucrative broadcast rights for various international soccer tournaments and events. For example, as alleged:
In relation to the previous schemes, the indictment accuses Romy and Full Play of conspiracy RICO and the four new defendants for wire fraud and money laundering offenses. Each of the crimes carries a maximum of 20 years in prison And, if convicted, each defendant faces mandatory restitution, confiscation, and a fine.
Other schemes alleged in the indictment relate to the payment and receipt of bribes in relation to (…) FIFA’s choice of countries to host various editions of the World Cup, including the World Cup hosted by Russia in 2018 and the World Cup scheduled to be hosted by Qatar in 2022.
The charges in the indictment are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The government case is being processed by United States Deputy Prosecutors Samuel P. Nitze, M. Kristin Mace, Keith D. Edelman, Patrick T. Hein, Kaitlin T. Farrell, David C. Pitluck, and Brian D. Morris, with the assistance of the Office of International Affairs and the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Department of Justice.