Miami-Based Soccer Federation Chief Alfredo Hawit Arrested in FIFA Corruption Sting
Another head of Miami-based CONCACAF has been arrested in the FIFA corruption probe.
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Update 11:30 am: FBI agents are raiding the Miami offices of Imagina, a Spanish-based media company that has been tied into the corruption scandal.
Update 2:30: A total of 16 new defendants have been charged in the FIFA corruption probe, including a former president of Honduras — the country, not the soccer federation — and the current and former presidents of Brazil's soccer organization.
There's not a more legally hazardous job in Miami than taking the reigns of CONCACAF, the soccer federation in charge of North America, the
And now the interim chief chosen to replace them in South Beach has also been arrested. Alfredo Hawit, a Honduran soccer official, was arrested in a predawn raid this morning at the same luxury Swiss hotel where the scandal began with mass arrests earlier this year.
Swiss police led
Webb, in turn, had taken power after Trinidadian official Jack Warner resigned in 2011 amid charges he'd taken cash payments in exchange for votes on important soccer tournaments.
Both Webb and Warner found themselves at the center of Lynch's case when Swiss police first raided the Baur
Another Miamian — Aaron Davidson, a marketing executive who once ran the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the Miami FC — was also charged in May.
Miami marketing exec Aaron Davidson is also a central figure in the corruption case.
Davidson has been under house arrest on $5 million
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It's not clear exactly what charges U.S. prosecutors will throw at
Officials at the battered FIFA headquarters — where embattled President Sepp Blatter is about the only top official to escape charges so far — are taking questions from reporters this morning but saying little of substance beyond promising more reforms.
In South Beach, meanwhile, CONCACAF will have to scramble again for new leadership. Whoever takes the job should probably insist on a good lawyer as part of the hiring package.
Update: FBI agents have swooped into the Medley office building housing Imagina, a Spanish media firm, where they are reportedly searching computers and removing files:
FBI agents removing boxes from Imagina/bein sports offices near Miami, Fla. https://t.co/6geoKR3Ih4— Zachary Fagenson (@ZachIsWeird) December 3, 2015
Update 2: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch unsealed a new indictment this afternoon naming 16 additional defendants, including Hawit and Hapout. The list includes Rafael Callejas, who served as Honduras' president from 1990 to 1994. Here's the full list of names via federal prosecutors:
CONCACAF Region Officials
Alfredo Hawit: Current FIFA vice president and Executive Committee member and CONCACAF president. Former CONCACAF vice president and Honduran soccer federation president.
Ariel Alvarado: Current member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. Former CONCACAF Executive Committee member and Panamanian soccer federation president.
Rafael Callejas: Current member of the FIFA Television and Marketing Committee. Former Honduran soccer federation president and President of the Republic of Honduras.
Brayan Jiménez: Current Guatemalan soccer federation president and member of the FIFA Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility.
Rafael Salguero: Former FIFA Executive Committee member and Guatemalan soccer federation president.
Héctor Trujillo: Current Guatemalan soccer federation general secretary and judge on the Constitutional Court of Guatemala.
Reynaldo Vasquez: Former Salvadoran soccer federation president.
CONMEBOL Region Officials
Juan Ángel Napout: Current FIFA vice president and Executive Committee member and CONCACAF president. Former Paraguayan soccer federation president.
Manuel Burga: Current member of the FIFA Development Committee. Former Peruvian soccer federation president.
Carlos Chávez: Current CONMEBOL treasurer. Former Bolivian soccer federation president.
Luís Chiriboga: Current Ecuadorian soccer federation president and member of the CONMEBOL executive committee.
Marco Polo del Nero: Current president of the Brazilian soccer federation. Announced resignation from FIFA Executive Committee on Nov. 26, 2015.
Eduardo Deluca: Former CONMEBOL general secretary.
José Luis Meiszner: Current CONMEBOL general secretary.
Romer Osuna: Current member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee. Former CONMEBOL treasurer.
Ricardo Teixeira: Former Brazilian soccer federation president and FIFA Executive Committee member.