United States: Ex-Nicaraguan soccer official pleads guilty in U.S. bribery case

Author(s): Nate Raymond | Date: December 7, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/bvkWRt | Type: Text

A former FIFA official from Nicaragua who was responsible for overseeing the soccer governing body’s development efforts in Central America pleaded guilty on Wednesday to U.S. charges stemming from a wide-ranging bribery investigation.
Julio Rocha, who is also a former president of the Nicaraguan soccer federation, pleaded guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy, prosecutors said.
A lawyer for Rocha declined comment.
As part of his plea, Rocha, 66, agreed to forfeit over $292,000, prosecutors said. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count.
Rocha is one of 42 people and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation that upended Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world. To date, 20 people and two companies have pleaded guilty in connection with the probe.

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