A knock on the door at 6.00am at your expenxive suite at the Baur au Lac in Zurich is not appreciated, although FIFA picked up the tab. In burst 4 Swiss federal police and took away a couple of FIFA Excos to the local jail. www.bauraulac.com if you want an expensive room or meal..on your own tab.
Alfredo Hawit of Honduras and Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay followed the route of seven other FIFA big wigs last May as the US department of Justice sought extradition to America. Both have immediately challenged the trans-Atlantic flight at the back of the plane, something they would not be used to-FIFA Excos always travel first class. Hawit was only in the position for a few months after his predecesor Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, who also carries a US passport and lives in Georgia, agreed to the ride and was arraigned in New York and later pleaded guilty to many crimes, and is now under house arrest. He squealed on his FIFA pals as did former CONCACAY General Secretay Chuck Blazer and turned informer.
Jeffrey Webb succeeded Jack 'The Lad' Warner of Trinidad & Tobago who is charged with crimes and is fighting extradition. His two sons turned informers for lighter sentences for themselves. EVEN BEFORE WARNER there was a crime family from Mexico running CONCACAF for many years.headed by Joaquin Soria Terrazas from 1969-1990.
FIFA was having a two day reform meeting under the watchful eye of acting FIFA President Issa Hayadou of Cameroon, since Sepp Blatter is banned, along with UEFA President Michel Platii and more. Hayadou,age 69 and in power at FIFA and CAF for a quarter century has just had a kidney transplant 3 weeks ago was seen to nod off during yesterday's FIFA press conference. He has been accused of taking bribes from the Lucerne based ISL group that used to be a partner of FIFA until their demise a decade ago.
While FIFA was announcing immediate and future reforms, the action switched the same day to New York City where Loretta Lynchthe US Attorney General unsealed indictments against 16 football and marketing officials in all parts of The Americas. " The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous. Thw scale of corruption alleged is unconscionable."
In fact 12 guilty pleas have been entered in sealed courtrooms as 16 new names were accused of bribery and corruption from CONCACAF and COL in South America concerning crimes since 1991. Commercial contracts were treated as their own personal bank accounts. Webb and Warner were alsp accused of stealing money intended for Haitian earthquake victims and from the GOAL project intended for promoting youth football in the poorer countries of CONCACAF region. Warner diverted $750,000 from the Korean Football Association intended for the 2010 Haitian earthquake victims.
Webb has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy. As part of his plea he has already forfeited mpre than $6.7 million US.
Other indictments included a former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas, a former federation president and Hector Ttujillo, a judge on Guatemala's constitutoional court. According to Lynch he had " purportedly dispensed justice by day while allegedly soliciting bribes and selling his influence within FIFA." Former Brazilian federation chief and FIFA Exco Ricardo Teixeira was among those accused of being "involved in criminal schemes involving over $200 million in bribes and kickbacks. He is the former son in law of Joao Havelange who ran FIFA as President from 1974 until 1998 when he handed over to Blatter.
Current CBF President Marco Polo de Nero is also indicted. He was in the Baur au Lac in May when 7 other FIFA memebers were arrested. He fled the country for home and has not dared to venture abroad since. Brazil does not have an extradition agreement with USA. Teixeira was living on ill gotten gains in South Florida and quickly returned to the 'safety' of Brazil in May, expecting the worste.
Others indicted include: Arial Alvarado- FIFA disciplinary committe member and former Panamanian football head.; Brayan Jimenez- Guatemala chief and member of FIFA committee for fair play and social responsibilty. REALLY !!! : Rafael Salguero-former FIFA committee member and Guatemala football chief: Hectotr Trujillo - Secretary of Guatemala F.A. : Reynaldo Vasquez-former El Salvador F.A. president: Manuel Burga - former Peru F.A. president and FIFA development committee member: Carlos Chavey- Conmebol treasurer: Luis Chiriboga-Eduador football president: Eduardo Deluca-former Conmebol general secretary: Jose Luis Meiszner-Conmebol general secretay: Romer Osuna-Bolivian FOFA audit and compliance committe member.
So far convicted defendents have agreed tp forfeit $190 million and more than $100 million has been seized in USA and abroad in connection with the alleged criminal activity. The USA has asked 13 other countries to help them seize assets. Most of the illegal payments have been made around the sale of broadcasting rights of CONMEBO. CONCACAF and World Cup qhalification matches.
"THE MESSAGE FROM THIS ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD BE CLEAR TO EVERY CULPABLE INDIVIDUAL WHO REMAINS IN THE SHADOWS, HOPING TO EVADE OUR INVESTIGATION: YOU WILL NOT WAIT US OUT, YOU WILL NOT ESCAPE OUR FOCUS". So said Loretta Lynch.
According to chief of investigation Richard Weber of the IRS's criminal investigation division " GOOD INTENT HAS BEEN REPLACED BY GREED AND MISGUIDED GOALS."
Well said Ms. Lynch and Mr. Weber.