By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The head of Peruvian soccer received payments under the name “Fiat.” He wasn’t the only one, who received payments, as the Paraguay head soccer person also received payments under the name “Honda.”
The car names attempted to mask their names. Yet, excel spreadsheets detailed the recorded system given to “Benz,” “VW,” “Toyota,” “Kia,” and “Peugeot.”
The payments, according to the Associated Press, were made under the label “Q2022.” It is believed that the payments were made in favor of votes for the committee’s 2010 vote to give Qatar the 2022 World Cup.
“We basically decided to make up fantasy names for each of the people involved,” sports marketing executive Santiago Pena, according to the Associates Press, who testified on Monday in a trial of three high-ranking soccer executives.
Pena is a former employee of Full Play Group, a company that’s based in Argentina, who won the marketing rights for the South American World Cup. They also received the Copa America and Copa Libertatores tournament.
Pena testified in the Brooklyn, New York courtroom that in the agreement that was in place to pay the governing body for North and Central America, along with the Caribbean $35 million to participate in the 2016 Centennial Copa America. The Fair Play Group also reportedly paid $10 million to former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb – who has already pleaded guilty to racketeering chargers and forfeited $6.7 million.
Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis, father and son, who are the Full Play Group’s controlling principals, were previously indicted by U.S. prosecutors in 2015, along with many top soccer executives – even many overseas.
Yet, despite being indicted, the father and son have not been extradited to the United States.
Pena testified that he ‘maintained the ledger at the direction of his bosses.’ He joined the company in 2009. Pena insists that he began to take the ledger from his office via a thumb drive, along with a stack of documents, after the first indictments were unsealed in May 2015.
He left the company this month and kept some of the evidence, before turning it over to American prosecutors, as a part of the agreement last February. The situation was if Pena testified, he would not be charged in the case.
Luis Chiriboga, the former president of Ecuadorean soccer, was the individual nicknamed “Toyota.” He reportedly listed $500,000 as his payment for “Q2022.”
Chiriboga was convicted in his country of money laundering in November 2016.
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