NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:12 PM
A Guatemalan judge arrested on a cruise ship earlier this month shortly after federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment charging him in the FIFA corruption scandal was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Hector Trujillo, 62, who is the secretary general of the Guatemalan soccer federation while also serving as a judge of the country’s Constitutional Court, entered a not guilty plea through his lawyer to wire fraud and money laundering charges contained in the superseding indictment.
Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Paul Tuchman told the judge that Trujillo received bribes through his position on the soccer federation.
Trujillo, wearing a navy blue prison outfit , blew kisses to family members sitting in the courtroom and they returned the love. He will make a pitch to be released on bail at a hearing on Jan. 7.
Federal agents boarded a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Fla., on Dec. 4 and arrested Trujillo who was on vacation.
“The defendant Hector Trujillo currently serves as a judge … purportedly dispensing justice by day while allegedly soliciting bribes and selling his influence within FIFA.” U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said when she announced the charges.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been suspended and dozens of other officials of soccer’s world governing body and executives have been busted in a global corruption and kickback scheme.