Die amerikanische Justiz hat das nächste Dokument zur FIFA-CONCACAF-Korruption veröffentlicht, das seit einigen Stunden weltweit verhandelt wird: Die Geständnisse von Mr. Ten Percent Chuck Blazer, dem, wenn ich korrekt überflogen habe, viel mehr als 50 Jahre Gefängnis gedroht haben.
Das Justice Department hatte bereits vor einer Woche mitgeteilt:
On Nov. 25, 2013, the defendant Charles Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary and a former FIFA executive committee member, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a 10-count information charging him with racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, income tax evasion and failure to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Blazer forfeited over $1.9 million at the time of his plea and has agreed to pay a second amount to be determined at the time of sentencing.
Die einzelnen Geständnisse:
Anklagepunkt 1 (Racketeering Conspiracy):
During my association with FIFA and CONCACAF, among other things, I and others agreed that I or a co-conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering activity. Among other things, I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup Beginning in or about 1993 and continuing through the early 2000s, I and others agreed to accept bribes and kickbacks in conjunction with the broadcast and other rights to the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003 Gold Cups. Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup. Among other things, my actions described above had common participants and results.
Anklagepunkt 2 (Wire Fraud Conspiracy):
Between April of 2004 and May 2011, I and others who were fiduciaries to both FIFA and CONCACAF, in contravention of our duties, I and others, while acting in our official capacities, agreed to participate in a scheme to defraud FIFA and CONCACAF of the right to honest services by taking undisclosed bribes. I and others agreed to use e-mail, telephone, and a wire transfer into and out of the United States in furtherance of the scheme. Funds procured through these improper payments passed through JFK Airport in the form of a check.
Anklagepunkt 3 (Money Laundering Conspiracy):
Between December 2008 and May 2011, I and others agreed to and transmitted funds by wire transfer and checks from places within the United States to places in the Caribbean, and from places in the Caribbean to places in the United States. I agreed to and took these actions to, among other things, promote and conceal my receipt of bribes and kickbacks. I knew that the funds involved were the proceeds of an unlawful bribe, and I and others used wires, e-mails, and telephone to effectuate payment of and conceal the nature of the bribe. Funds procured through these improper payments passed through JFK Airport in the form of a check.
Anklagepunkte 4 bis 9 (Income Tax Evasion):
Between 2005 and 2010, while a resident of New York, New York, I knowingly and willfully failed to file an income tax return and failed to pay income taxes. In this way, I intentionally concealed my true income from the IRS, thereby defrauding the IRS of income tax owed. I knew that my actions were wrong at the time.
Anklagepunkt 10 (Willful Failure to File Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts):
In 2010, while a resident of New York, I had an interest in and controlled bank accounts in the Bahamas with a total value exceeds $10,000. I intentionally and willfully did not file a report disclosing those accounts to the Department of the Treasury. I did this while violating the Federal Tax Law.