FIFA corruption probe to yield more arrests, says attorney general “Loretta Lynch”

Updated: September 15, 2015
FIFA corruption probe to yield more arrests, says attorney general Loretta Lynch

More arrests expected in FIFA corruption probe.

US authorities have expanded their investigation into corruption at world football governing body FIFA and expect to file additional criminal charges, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a news conference in Zurich on Monday.

“What I can say is that, separate and apart from the pending indictment, our investigation remains active and ongoing, and has in fact expanded since May,” Lynch said at a news conference alongside Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber.

“Based upon that cooperation [with Swiss authorities] and new evidence, we do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities,” Lynch said.

As part of the separate Swiss investigation, Lauber said his office had seized property and flats in the Swiss Alps in connection with its FIFA probe.

Lynch went on to say that US authorities are optimistic that all the individuals charged in its probe into corruption in world soccer will be extradited to the United States.

“We remain very hopeful that we will be able to bring to the US all those we charged in May,” Lynch told the news conference in Zurich.

In May the US indicted nine soccer officials and five sports marketing executives, charging them with racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud on suspicions they orchestrated multi-million-dollar bribery schemes over 24 years.

So far, only three of those indicted have appeared in US court.