The U.S. Department of Justice has allocated about $ 92 million in additional compensation for money that convicted officials and related companies have forfeited due to the government’s prosecution for football corruption.
The money is to compensate for the losses suffered by FIFA, the North and Central American and Caribbean Football Associations, the South American Government CONMEBOL and various football associations.
Last August, the Ministry of Justice acknowledged a loss of more than $ 201 million in cases, which began with a lawsuit in May 2015, and announced an initial $ 32.2 million payment to the World Football Remission Fund, which is overseen by the FIFA Foundation.
FIFA charities support school projects, help the sport recover from natural disasters, develop women’s and girls’ football and a FIFA Legends program that uses former players as ambassadors. The money was obtained through confiscation to a federal court in Brooklyn.
More than 50 people and companies have been charged, mainly for giving and receiving bribes and money laundering and laundering in an agreement between sports market companies and football representatives for media and marketing rights at football events.
Twenty-seven individuals and four companies have pleaded guilty, former CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout and former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Jose Maria Marin, who chaired Brazil’s World Cup qualifying committee in 2014, were convicted in December 2017 and banks have recognized roles in criminal behavior. suspension of charges and contracts for prosecution.
“Over the past decade, this investigation and prosecution has focused on bringing criminals to justice and recovering ill-gotten gains,” Breon Peace, a U.S. attorney in eastern New York, said in a statement on Thursday.
“Our office, which works in collaboration with our law enforcement agencies and colleagues in the Ministry of Justice, will continue our work to compensate victims of crime.
The US allocates $ 92 million to victims of football corruption
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