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08-11-2016 - Anti-Money Laundering

Another FIFA Executive Pleads Guilty In U.S Bribe Sweep

Brayan Jiménez, the former president of the Guatemalan soccer federation, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in federal court in Brooklyn Friday.

He took bribes in exchange for awarding contracts for the media and marketing rights to FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.

According to the DOJ:

“Jiménez negotiated and accepted bribes of hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for his agreement to exercise his influence to award contracts to Media World, a Florida sports marketing company, for the media and marketing rights to the Guatemalan national soccer team’s home World Cup qualifier matches for the 2018 and 2022 editions of the World Cup”.

He now faces up to 20 years in prison for each count and agreed to forfeit $350,000 as part of his plea deal.

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