Former Venezuelan Soccer Official Pleads Guilty in FIFA Corruption Case

From Voice of America

Former Venezuela soccer federation president Rafael Esquivel was found guilty Thursday on federal charges resulting from a massive FIFA corruption scandal.

He pleaded guilty to seven counts of racketeering, money laundering conspiracies and wire fraud. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

“Esquivel used his influence as a soccer official to obtain millions of dollars in bribe payments," U.S. officials said in a statement.

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