November 30 – A former accountant working with Argentina-based advertising agency Torneos y Competencias has advised the FifaGate trial in New York how he dealt with the cost of hundreds of thousands of in bribes to highly effective south American officers in alternate for the rights to broadcast tournaments and matches.
Eladio Rodriguez testified that firm, together with two others, made the funds to FIFA’s late senior vp and finance chief Julio Grondona, former Brazilian FA (CBF) presidents José Maria Marin and Ricardo Teixeira and – maybe most of alarmingly of all since he’s nonetheless the present CBF boss regardless of being a type of indicted – Marco Polo Del Nero (pictured in 2016 with FIFA president Gianni Infantino).
Rodriguez was giving proof on the ongoing trial of Marin and fellow former South American bigwigs Juan Angel Napout and Manuel Burga who all deny widespread racketeering, wire fraud and cash laundering.
Grondona, who throughout his FIFA profession was one the game’s strongest people, was paid at the very least $three million in 2013, in response to Rodriguez, with funds given the code ‘Pope’. He claimed that Marin and Del Nero have been made funds below the code identify ‘Brasileiro’, $1.5 million to every in 2013.
Rodriguez mentioned it was essential to pay bribes “to maintain a good relationship with and to obtain the signing of contracts.” He mentioned he stored monitor of the funds by often emailing himself copies of ledgers.
Rodriguez entered right into a co-operation settlement with the US Justice division agreeing to assist with the prosecution and has paid $675,000 to the US authorities in return for avoiding prosecution.
On the similar trial, one other prosecution witness claimed South America’s three voting members of the FIFA govt committee throughout the 2010 poll that chosen Russia for the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar over the US for the 2022 World Cup have been the game’s most corrupt people on the continent.
Finishing two days of testimony, former Colombian FA president Luis Bedoya – member of FIFA’s govt committee from 2014-15 who pleaded responsible in 2015 to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy – advised the courtroom he stored his personal bribes secret from his spouse and household.
Repeatedly requested by defence legal professionals about the opportunity of bribes to again Qatar, Bedoya mentioned he and a number of other different South American federation presidents supported the US bid however that he believed Grondona, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil all voted for the Gulf state. Leoz was president of CONMEBOL from 1986-2013 and each he and ex-Brazilian strongman Teixeira, one other of these indicted, have to this point managed to keep away from extradition.
Bruce L. Udolf, a lawyer for Burga, the previous Peruvian federation president, requested Bedoya whether or not the three have been probably the most corrupt individuals at CONMEBOL. “I believe so,” Bedoya mentioned in Spanish via a translator. “I cannot prove it, but that’s what people say.” Grondona died in 2014.
Bedoya has been dwelling in New York since December 2015 when the US authorities rented a two mattress, two bathtub residence for him and his spouse. He has requested a visa to permit him to remain within the US and mentioned that he “fled Colombia for their safety.” If he had remained in Colombia he would have confronted legal costs.
He pleaded responsible to US costs of corruption on 12 November 2015 and is at present scheduled for sentencing in the identical courtroom by which he’s at present testifying on 5 January 2018.
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