The unsealing of the plea agreement between former FIFA executive committee member and Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer
and federal prosecutors confirmed
what had been suspected for months. He had become an undercover informant working for the U.S. law enforcement authorities investigating FIFA, but it revealed the extent of what he gave up to strike a
deal for leniency in the face of a sentence of more than 70 years. USA v Blazer: Plea Agreement
In November 2013, Blazer pleaded guilty in Federal court to 10 counts of
wire fraud conspiracy, racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, tax evasion and failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. In return for a reduction of up to three levels that would be
warranted under Federal sentencing guidelines if he "clearly demonstrates acceptance of responsibility,” he agreed to:
1. Forfeit more than $1.9 million that prosecutors said he
received as part of kickback and bribery schemes related to:
-- His voting for Morocco and South Africa (against Morocco) in the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bids, respectively;
authorized sale of tickets for the 1994 and 2002 World Cups; and
-- The sale of the media and marketing rights to the Gold Cup between 1996 and 2003.
2. Pay back taxes, penalties
and interest on more than $11 million in unreported income from 2005-13.
3. Provide information and documents to U.S. law enforcement authorities, participate in undercover activities, testify at trial and not
to reveal his cooperation or what he learned.
Federal authorities filed criminal charges against 14 FIFA officials and sports executives in late May. Most of them relate to activities of
Concacaf and Conmebol, the South America confederation.