USA prosecutors say Brazilian businessman Jose Maria Marin was a soccer official on the take - and wasn't always discreet about it.
With witnesses threatened, documents destroyed and jurors cloaked in anonymity, the trial beginning Monday in a NY courtroom has the trappings of a grisly organized-crime prosecution.
Yet only three of them are going on trial - three fabulously-wealthy and once-powerful soccer officials from South America, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.
Since then 42 people have been charged, 23 have pleaded guilty and Federation Internationale de Football Association, the sport's global governing body, has lurched from one ugly scandal to the next.
"It's about time to- to have it coming our way", he said. The case has fueled allegations of corruption in the awarding of World Cup tournaments to Russian Federation for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.
Hector Trujillo was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy.
Defense lawyers declined requests for comment.
Edelman said the USA government would present evidence, derived from witness testimony, bank records, covert recordings and other documentation that proves each of the officials had received bribes.
Marin secured his bail bond with an apartment he owns in Trump Tower, once also home to Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption helped set off the global scandal.
He admitted to accepting nearly $200,000 (£150,000) in bribes from a sports marketing company.
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U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen said jurors will be anonymous and driven to and from court under guard, in part because of government concerns over the press coverage in Latin America. She accused the USA government of paying other guilty officials hundreds of thousands of dollars to remain in the country to testify and providing their families with visas to the United States.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Napout accepted bribes in cash; Mr. Marin received them in a NY bank account; and Mr. Burga - wary of accepting money while under criminal investigation in Peru - accepted promises of future payments.
Brazilian José Hawilla and Argentine Alejandro Burzaco pleaded guilty to paying bribes to the defendants, making them key witnesses in the prosecution's case.
Prosecutors haven't disclosed the names of their cooperators because of attempts, they say, to intimidate witnesses.
Separately, prosecutors said in court filings, unnamed co-conspirators were shelling out about $1 million a year in bribes to Marin from the firm vying for sponsorship of the Copa do Brasil tournament from 2013 to 2022.
"Of course, of course, of course".
'Marin was often aside, not participating in what was occurring, ' he said.
Prosecutors are expected to call witnesses that include an owner and employee of a sports marketing company to detail how documents were shredded and a computer server scrubbed as part of a cover-up after the charges in the case were announced. Prosecutors have also obtained about 20 other guilty pleas.
At another 2014 meeting involving Burzaco, the cooperating marketing executive, and other people where the bribery scheme was discussed, Burzaco made it clear he knew they were breaking the law and expressed his misgivings, the papers say of yet another recording.
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