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Warner allegedly diverted funds from Haiti quake victims for personal use - FBI

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 4:16 PM
Jack Warner has been indicted by the US authorities as part of its broad racketeering probe into FIFA and charged with corruption and money laundering.

Embattled former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly diverting funds away from the Haiti aid effort. 

According to media reports, US prosecutors have drawn up papers which allege that Warner personally received US$750,000 raised in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The money was donated by FIFA and the Korean Football Association.

It reportedly went into a bank account personally administered by Warner in his then-capacity of president of CONCACAF, the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Claims about the Haiti fund, which comprised of US$250,000 from FIFA and half-a-million dollars from South Korea, were first made by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) in 2012, after Warner had stood down in the midst of a probe by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

The TTFF then claimed that the money was paid into one of its accounts that was only controlled by Warner himself in his capacity as a special adviser.

And the US Justice Department now alleges that the money was placed in that account at Warner’s direction and that it was ultimately put to his personal use.

Warner has been indicted by the US authorities as part of its broad racketeering probe into FIFA and charged with corruption and money laundering.