A former head of the overseeing body for soccer with South America was sentenced to 9 years in prison by a Anyone.S. judge on Saturday for crimes stemming on the bribery scandal that engulfed the sport 36 months ago, prosecutors announced.
Juan Angel Napout, 60, appeared to be sentenced by U.S. Center Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York, who also ordered him to pay for more than $4.3 million in financial penalties, according to your firm stand out from the office of Ough.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.
“Napout’verts conviction, as well as the successful prosecution of other high-level soccer authorities, has struck at the core associated with corruption in soccer together with underscores the need for continued caution against fraud and bribery during the sport,” Donoghue said in a declaration.
“Of course we are disappointed with all the nine-year sentence and plan to elegance both the verdict and sentence in your essay,” Silvia Pinera-Vazquez, Napout’s lawyer, said within an email.
Napout had served because head of the national soccer federation in his native Paraguay and, after, of South America’s sports governing body CONMEBOL. He was found guilty by a jury last December of racketeering conspiracy together with wire fraud conspiracy.
Napout was initially tried alongside Jose Maria Marin, occasion head of Brazil’s little league federation, who was also convicted yesterday and sentenced to four years imprisonment.
A third defendant at the tryout, former Peruvian soccer official Red washington Burga, was cleared of all fees.
The three men are the only offenders so far to go to trial due to more than 40 people and also entities charged by You actually.S. prosecutors since 2015 in connection with your corruption scandal surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. At least 24 others have pleaded bad.
Prosecutors have described a expansive scheme involving payments more than $200 million of bribes and kickbacks to acquire marketing and broadcast rights for soccer matches.
The prosecutors said that Marin and Napout each personally took millions of dollars in bribes.