Football: Eight new guilty pleas in Fifa scandal

Conmebol vice-presidents Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue are among eight people who have pleaded guilty.
Conmebol vice-presidents Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue are among eight people who have pleaded guilty.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Another eight people have pleaded guilty in the sweeping Fifa corruption scandal, US prosecutors announced Thursday.

Here are the eight newly convicted:

Luis Bedoya, 56, from Colombia

A member of the Fifa executive committee and Conmebol vice-president, he pleaded guilty on Nov 12 to racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies. He agreed to pay undisclosed funds.

Alejandro Burzaco, 51, dual Argentinian-Italian citizen

The former chairman of the board of Torneos y Competencias, an Argentine sports marketing company, pleaded guilty on Nov 16 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. He agreed to pay US$21.6 million (S$30.4 million).

Zorana Danis, 52, from Belgium

The co-founder and owner of International Soccer Marketing, a New Jersey-based sports marketing company, pleaded guilty in May to wire fraud conspiracy and filing false tax returns. She agreed to forfeit US$2 million.

 

Roger Huguet, 52, dual US-Spanish citizen

The chief executive officer of Media World pleaded guilty on Nov 17 to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of money laundering conspiracy. He agreed to forfeit more than US$600,000.

Sergio Jadue, 36, from Chile

The vice-president of Conmebol pleaded guilty on Nov 23 to racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies. He agreed to pay undisclosed funds.

Jose Margulies, 76, from Brazil

Margulies, an intermediary who facilitated bribes between sports marketing executives and football officials, pleaded guilty on Nov 25 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. He agreed to pay more than US$9.2 million.

Fabio Tordin, 50, from Brazil

The executive with Media World, a Miami-based sports marketing company, pleaded guilty on Nov 9 to tax evasion and wire fraud conspiracy. He agreed to pay more than US$600,000.

Jeffrey Webb, 51, dual British-Cayman Islands citizen

The former Fifa vice-president pleaded guilty on Nov 23 to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy. He agreed to forfeit more than US$6.7 million.