Written by Tharushan Fernando
07 Jun, 2015 | 7:12 pm
A BBC investigation has seen evidence that details what happened to ten million US dollars, sent from Fifa to accounts controlled by former vice-president Jack Warner. Documents purporting to show the exact manner in which the money was spent and moved around, have been revealed in the investigation.
Cash that was promised by South Africa and went to Jack Warner, at the time, the head of the CONCACAF and US investigators are following leads that indicate the money may have been a bribe. The money, sent on behalf of South Africa, was meant to be used for its Caribbean diaspora legacy programme but documents suggest Warner used the payment for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money.
The 72-year-old, who has been indicted by the FBI for corruption, denies all claims of wrongdoing.
The papers seen by the BBC detail three wire transfers by Fifa and In the three transactions on 4 January, 1 February and 10 March 2008 – funds totalling $10 million from Fifa accounts were received into CONCACAF accounts controlled by Jack Warner. The documents also reveal how the money was spent and moved around and that JTA Supermarkets, a large chain in Trinidad, received $4,860,000 from the accounts.
The money was paid in instalments from January 2008 to March 2009 and the largest payment was $1,350,000 paid in February 2008. US prosecutors stated that the money was mostly paid back to Warner in local currency and that nearly $1.6 million was used to pay the former Fifa vice-president’s credit cards and personal loans.
The documents show the largest personal loan Warner provided for himself was $410,000 followed by the largest credit card payment of $87,000. Jack Warner is one of 14 people charged by US prosecutors over alleged corruption at Fifa and The US Justice department alleges the 14 accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m over a 24-year period.
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