A BBC investigation has seen evidence that details what happened to the $10m sent from Fifa to accounts controlled by former vice-president Jack Warner.
The money, sent on behalf of South Africa, was meant to be used for its Caribbean diaspora legacy programme.
But documents suggest Mr Warner used the payment for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money.The 72-year-old, who has been indicted by the FBI for corruption, denies all claims of wrongdoing.The papers seen by the BBC detail three wire transfers by Fifa.
In the three transactions – on 4 January, 1 February and 10 March 2008 – funds totalling $10m (£6.5m) from Fifa accounts were received into concoaf accounts controlled by Jack Warner.At the time, he was in charge of the body, which governs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The money had been promised by South Africa’s Football Association for its so-called diaspora legacy programme to develop football in the Caribbean
The documents reveal how the money was spent and moved around.
JTA Supermarkets, a large chain in Trinidad, received $4,860,000 from the accounts.
The money was paid in instalments from January 2008 to March 2009. The largest payment was $1,350,000 paid in February 2008.
US prosecutors say the money was mostly paid back to Mr Warner in local currency.
- Accused of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, bribery
- From the early 1990s, he allegedly “began to leverage his influence and exploit his official positions for personal gain”
- Allegedly accepted a $10m bribe from South African officials in return for voting to award them the 2010 World Cup
- Allegedly bribed officials with envelopes each containing $40,000 in cash; when one demurred, he allegedly said: “There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you’re pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business”
- The BBC gave details of its investigation to Brent Sancho, Trinidad and Tobago’s sports minister and a former footballer.He said: “He [Mr Warner] must face justice, he must answer all of these questions. Justice has to be served.”He will have to account, with this investigation, he will have to answer for his actions.”The documents also show $360,000 of the Fifa money was withdrawn by people connected to Mr Warner.Nearly $1.6m was used to pay the former Fifa vice-president’s credit cards and personal loans.
The documents show the largest personal loan Mr Warner provided for himself was $410,000.
The largest credit card payment was $87,000.
Mr Sancho says he is now angry and disappointed.
“I’m devastated because a lot of that money should have been back in football, back in the development of children playing the sport.”It is a travesty. Mr Warner should answer the questions,” he added
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