Ex-judge gets 8 months in FIFA corruption case

October 26, 2017
Hector Trujillo (left) a former judge and former secretary general of the Guatemalan football federation (Fedefut Guate), enters Federal Court in Brooklyn for the sentencing phase of his trial in connection with a global FIFA soccer probe in New York yesterday.

 

NEW YORK (AP):

The first person sentenced in the United States (US) in the world football corruption scandal has gotten eight months in prison.

Hector Trujillo is a former judge who led Guatemala's football federation (Fedefute Guate) and appeared before a federal judge in New York yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in June, admitting he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from a company trying to secure sports marketing contracts.

World football's governing body, FIFA, had been scarred by scandals for several years before US investigators launched a probe that gained momentum when they secured the cooperation of flamboyant former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer in 2011.

Trujillo was arrested in December 2015 in Port Canaveral, Florida.

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