FIFA Corruption: Who Are the Officials Involved, and What Charges Do They Face?

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A combination photo shows eight of the nine football officials indicted for corruption charges in these file photos. From L-R: (top row) then President of the Brazilian Football Confederation Jose Maria Marin, President of the Venezuelan Football Federation Rafael Esquivel, President of Costa Rica’s Football Federation Eduardo Li, then President of South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL Nicolas Leoz, (bottom row) then President of the Nicaraguan Football Federation Julio Rocha, then Acting President of CONMEBOL Eugenio Figueredo, then FIFA Executive member Jack Warner, and President of Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football CONCACAF Jeffery Webb. Reuters

On Wednesday, Swiss authorities arrested seven officials of FIFA, international governing body of association football, as part of a large bust by the United States attorney's office. In total, 14 people with business connections to FIFA were charged with racketeering, wire fraud and other charges related to corruption. The alleged illegal acts spanned 24 years.

In addition to corrupt FIFA officials, the attorney's office alleges sports marketing executives were involved in the bribery system and that over $150 million in bribes exchanged hands for media and marketing rights for various soccer tournaments.

Each of the 14 individuals charged face a maximum 20 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Additionally, they face restitution, forfeiture of funds and fines.

1. Jeffrey Webb, 50, Cayman Islands

Webb is the current president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), which is under FIFA and headquartered in the United States. He also served on the Caribbean Football Union executive committee and as the president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). He is charged with racketeering and bribery, and he was among those arrested in Zurich at the Baur au Lac hotel.

Strangely, Webb has a history of fighting corruption inside FIFA.

2. Jack Warner, 72, Trinidad and Tobago

The defendant is the former president of CONCACAF and FIFA vice president. He served as a special adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation. He is charged with racketeering and bribery. He had been suspected of corruption, though ethics proceedings were dropped against him in 2011 when he retired.

Warner's sons Daryll and Daryan Warner waived indictment and pled guilty in July and October of 2013, respectively. Their charges were unsealed on Wednesday.

Daryll Warner, 40, was a FIFA development officer. He pled guilty to two counts: wire fraud and corrupted structuring of financial transactions.

Daryan Warner, 46, was found guilty of three counts: wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering and corrupted structuring of financial transactions. He forfeited $1.1 million at the time of his plea and will pay a second, undisclosed amount at the time of his sentencing.

Both sons face maximum sentences of 10 years in prison.

3. Eduardo Li, 56, Costa Rica

Li was an executive committee member for FIFA, a member of CONCACAF and the president of the Costa Rican soccer federation.

4. Julio Rocha, 64, Nicaragua

Rocha served as the current FIFA development officer and was previously president of the Central American Football Union and the Nicaraguan soccer federation.

5. Costa Takkas, 58, United Kingdom

A former CIFA general secretary, Takkas served as the current attaché to the CONCACAF president.

6. Eugenio Figueredo, 83, United States, Uruguay

Previously the president of the South American Football Confederation, also known as CONMEBOL, and the Uruguayan soccer federation, Figueredo is the current vice president of FIFA and an executive committee member. He was previously accused of soliciting bribes in exchange for his vote in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years for a charge of naturalization fraud. He could have his U.S. citizenship revoked as a result. Additionally, his tax charges could result in a maximum sentence of five years' incarceration each.

7. Rafael Esquivel, 68, Venezuela

Esquivel is a CONMEBOL executive committee member and the president of the Venezuelan soccer federation.

8. José Maria Marin, 83, Brazil

A current member of the FIFA organizing committee for the Olympics, Marin was also the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

9. Nicolás Leoz, 86, Paraguay

A former executive committee member of FIFA and the president of CONMEBOL. He resigned in 2013 and was previously accused of taking brings in the 1990s.

He is accused of one of the stranger bribes: A British official claims Leoz attempted to exchange his 2018 World Cup vote for knighthood. Leoz is not a knight.

10. Alejandro Burzaco, 50, Argentina

Burzaco was the controlling principal of Torneos y Competencies, a sports marketing business in Argentina.

11. Aaron Davidson, 44, USA

Davidson is president of Traffic Sports USA, a corporate defendant that pled guilty. Jose Hawilla, 71, who owns the company, also pled guilty.

12. Hugo Jinkis, 70, Argentina

Jinkis is the controlling principal of Full Group S.A., a sports marketing business in Argentina.

13. Mariano Jinkis, 40, Argentina

Also a controlling principal of Full Play Group S.A. and son of Hugo.

14. José Margulies, 75, Brazil. Alias: José Lazaro

A part of the broadcasting business, Marguiles served as controlling principal of Valente Corp and Somerton Ltd. He is charged with acting "as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and soccer officials," the attorney's office said.

Additionally, there were several cases in which the FIFA linked individual or corporation pled guilty. These cases were unsealed on Wednesday.

Charles Blazer, 70, was one of the longest-serving general secretaries for CONCACAF and worked as the U.S. representative to the FIFA executive committee. He pled guilty to 10 counts, including racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, income tax evasion and more. He forfeited $1.9 million as a result of his crimes as well as another undisclosed sum at the time of his sentencing. He could receive 15 years in prison.

Two of Hawilla's companies, Traffic Sports International Inc. and Traffic Sports USA Inc., were corporate defendants that pled guilty. They link Aaron Davidson to the corruption charges. Hawilla was found guilty of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. He forfeited $151 million. His companies pled guilty to wire fraud. The companies each face a fine of $500,000 and a year of probation.

All of the money forfeited is being held in reserve, the attorney's office said.

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