NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 5:23 PM
One of the FIFA executives arrested in Zurich last week as part of the U.S. Justice Department’s ongoing fraud investigation into soccer’s governing body agreed to extradition to the U.S., the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) announced Tuesday.
The 57-year-old Juan Angel Napout, a native of Paraguay, is the president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and a member of FIFA’s executive committee, and agreed to be extradited to the U.S., although no details of when Napout will arrive here were announced.
“The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York accuses (Napout) of accepting bribes totalling millions of dollars in connection with the sale to various sports marketing firms of marketing rights to football tournaments in Latin America,” reads the FOJ release.
Napout was arrested the same day the Justice Department unsealed a 92-count superseding indictment, which charged 16 FIFA officials, including Napout, with wire fraud, money laundering, racketeering and other charges. The indictment also includes additional charges for the 11 FIFA defendants named in the indictment that was unsealed in May (there were originally 14 FIFA officials and marketing executives indicted earlier this year, but three have pleaded guilty since then).
“The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last week. “You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus.”