Report: Bolivia football head arrested over FIFA corruption probe

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Report: Bolivia football head arrested over FIFA corruption probe
Friday July 17th, 2015

Carlos Chavez, the president of the Bolivia Football Federation, was arrested on Friday in connection to the FIFA corruption investigation, reports BBC. 

Chavez, who is also the treasurer of the South American Football Confederation, is accused of “alleged corruption in the management of resources,” Bolivia's public prosecutor told BBC. 

BBC reports that “a number of” other national soccer executives are currently under investigation. 

In late May, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested 14 current and former top FIFA officials and business people and indicted them on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies

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On Thursday, the Swiss Justice Ministry said one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in May has been extradited back to the United States to face corruption charges. The other six remain in Switzerland, refusing to be extradited.

Four other men have already pleaded guilty to crimes, including former FIFA executive panel member Chuck Blazer, who admitted to being part of a $10 million bribe scheme with former FIFA vice president Jack Warner for supporting South Africa's successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

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Blazer was subsequently banned for life by FIFA for his role in the corruption scheme.


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