Here we go again. The US justice department papers seen by BBC allege that US$750,000 for victims of 2010 quake went to bank account controlled by former Fifa vice-president. Jack Warner, the former Fifa vice-president at the centre of corruption charges, faces a new slew of allegations as more details emerge of payments that were reportedly diverted to bank accounts he controlled.
Warner was arrested last month in Trinidad at the request of US authorities, and faces extradition on charges of corruption and money laundering.
According to a shocking report from The BBC, Jack Warner, the former FIFA vice-president who was one of the 14 indicted on racketeering and bribery charges by the U.S. Department of Justice, once had $750,000 of FIFA funds intended for 2010 Haiti earthquake relief diverted to banks accounts he controlled.
“[Warner] visited the country in 2010 and raised $750,000 from FIFA and the Korean Football Association to help rebuild the country after the disaster,” the BBC reports. The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the disappearance of that money.
From the Guardian:
In 2012, the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) claimed that funds donated for Haiti were paid into a bank account controlled by Warner. It said the money from Fifa ($250,000) and the South Korean FA ($500,000) was paid into a TTFF account it claimed only Warner – a special adviser to the federation – controlled.
At the time, Warner said the allegations were a conspiracy: “I have nothing to answer to anybody. Who wants to make allegations, make allegations.” Fifa froze its funding to the TTFF.
Warner has denied any wrongdoing in the indictments.