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FIFA Investigation Expands in Scope; Former FIFA VP Extradited to United States


On September 14, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the DOJ is expanding its FIFA investigation to pursue additional charges against individuals and companies.  AG Lynch made these comments at a press conference in Zurich with Switzerland’s Attorney General, Michael Lauber.  The DOJ has been working closely with Swiss officials in its investigation, and has charged 14 FIFA officials with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering. Additionally, on September 17, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice approved the extradition of Eugenio Figueredo, a former vice president of the South American Football Confederation and former vice president of FIFA, to the United States.   Figueredo was one of seven defendants fighting extradition from Switzerland.  In July, Jeffrey Webb, a former vice president of FIFA, agreed to be extradited to the United States, but the remaining five defendants are awaiting decisions on extradition. Previous FCPA Scorecard coverage of this investigation can be found here.