Judge orders prosecutors to unseal Chuck Blazer's plea agreement
Chuck Blazer's plea agreement with the U.S. government must be unsealed, a federal judge ordered prosecutors Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Several news organizations, including The New York Times and ABC petitioned the court last week to unseal the document. The judge gave prosecutors until Monday to decide whether they want to appeal the ruling.
The testimony Blazer gave at his plea hearing in November 2013 was unsealed last week. In his testimony, Blazer said he and other FIFA executive committee members accepted bribes for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, as well as for five Gold Cups.
Blazer, 70, was CONCACAF's secretary general from 1990 until 2011 and was a FIFA executive committee member from 1997 until 2013.
According to a 2014 report in the New York Daily News, Blazer rented a $6,000 per month apartment in New York's Trump Tower for the sole use of his cats, adjacent to his own $18,000 per month unit.
Blazer pleaded guilty to six counts of income tax evasion and one count each of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and willful failure to file a report of foreign bank and financial accounts. However, the terms of the plea deal were not made public.
- Dan Gartland