NEW YORK. – A former head of the Brazilian Football Federation has been jailed for four years for corruption.
Jose Maria Marin (86) was one of the seven FIFA officials arrested in a hotel in Zurich in May 2015.
He was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts for broadcasting tournaments such as the Copa America.
In addition, Marin was fined $ 1.2 million and had to forfeit $ 3.34 million.
He was convicted in a federal court in Brooklyn by Judge Pamela Chen and he is the first official convicted as part of an American investigation into corruption at FIFA. Marin, former governor of Sao Paulo, was convicted last year of six of the seven counts against him, regarding money laundering and the conspiracy of wire fraud.
He was sentenced alongside Juan Angel Napout, who led the South American football governing body Conmebol. He will be sentenced at a later time.
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