July 5, 2020

Former FIFA vice president sentenced to time served for his role in bribery scandal

On June 29,2020, Alfredo Hawit the former president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and acting vice president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), was sentenced in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to time served and two years of supervised release for his role in the FIFA bribery scandal.  Hawit was also barred from holding any title in FIFA, CONCACAF, or any other professional soccer organization, and must forfeit $950,000.

Hawit pleaded guilty in April of 2016 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.  In that plea, he admitted that—while serving as acting president for CONCACAF in 2011 and 2012, and while later serving as general secretary of the Honduran soccer federation (FENAFUTH)—he had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for influencing the award of media and marketing rights for CONCACAF and FENAFUTH matches, including tournaments and World Cup qualifier matches in 2014, 2018, and 2022.  The obstruction charge was predicated on Hawit’s admission that, after learning about his indictment, he had asked a co-conspirator to help him conceal the bribes by creating fraudulent contracts.

Hawit Judgment | Hawit Docket Entry | Hawit Order of Forfeiture | DOJ Press Release – 2016