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.



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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