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BC-SOC--FIFA Investigation-Marin Banned

April 15, 2019
Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life by FIFA. The decision comes 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States. The 86-year-old Marin led Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup. He was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

ZURICH (AP) — Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life by FIFA, 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States.

The 86-year-old Marin, who led Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

FIFA says Marin took bribes linked to media and marketing rights for South American and Brazilian soccer competitions.

Prosecutors in federal court said at his 2017 trial that Marin took $6.6 million in bribes. He was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine.

The FIFA ethics committee also imposed a 1 million Swiss franc ($1 million) fine.

Marin was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel in May 2015 as part of a sweeping American investigation of corruption linked to FIFA officials. After being extradited to the United States that year, he was released on bail and lived in his Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan while awaiting trial.

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