Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Swiss prosecutors confirm about 25 Federation Internationale de Football Association investigations

Swiss prosecutors confirm about 25 Federation Internationale de Football Association investigations

Jorge Luis Arzuaga, 56, admitted to participating in a five-year bribery scheme today in the Eastern District of NY, making him the first banker among the 20-plus officials now convicted in the scandal plaguing FIFA, short for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

However, in a NY federal court on Thursday, Argentine national Jorge Luis Arzuaga, 56, pled guilty to charges of having helped facilitate bribes to various officials, including Julio Grondona, the former president of Argentina's football association and a former vice president of FIFA.

Arzauga expressed regret saying: "I'm ashamed and I wish I could express in words what I feel".

When the soccer big, Julio Grondona, died in 2014, Arzuaga said he kept making payments to Grondona's heirs.

"By facilitating the flow of bribe money through the Swiss and American banking systems", Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said Arzuaga "provided a critical service to those involved in corruption in global soccer".

The OAG did not name the individual but the Argentine Jorge Luis Arzuaga pled guilty to helping facilitate bribes to various officials in a NY federal court on Tuesday.

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In May 2015, the scope of Swiss and American cooperation to prosecute corruption linked to Federation Internationale de Football Association was revealed when seven officials, including two Federation Internationale de Football Association vice presidents, were arrested in early morning hotel raids in Zurich.

Julius Baer, Switzerland's third-largest private bank, was charged last year with helping wealthy Americans dodge taxes, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement, which requires Julius Baer to steer clear of wrongdoing for three years to ensure that the charges are eventually dismissed. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 4. Julius Baer denies being aware of or involved in Arzuaga's use of bank accounts for bribery purposes.

In Switzerland, authorities are now analyzing "seized documents containing some 19 terabytes of data", Lauber's office said Friday. "Our work is nowhere near finished, and we will continue to pursue each and every corrupt member of this scheme until each is brought to justice".

Under the terms of his plea, Arzuaga agreed to forfeit more than $1 million that he received in bonus payments from Burzaco for moving bribe money.

Burzaco pleaded guilty to racketeering and other offences in November 2015.

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