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US Identifies 16 New Individuals in FIFA Probe, Looks to Extradite 2

© REUTERS / Kevin LamarqueLoretta Lynch takes her seat to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015.
Loretta Lynch takes her seat to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. - Sputnik International
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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that the United States has indicted 16 top International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives on charges of racketeering and money laundering.

The FIFA logo is pictured at the FIFA headquarters on June 2, 2015 in Zurich - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States has indicted 16 top International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives on charges of racketeering and money laundering, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference on Thursday.

“Today, we are announcing a superseding indictment,” Lynch stated. “A federal Grand Jury in Brooklyn has returned a 92-count superseding indictment, which includes charges against 16 new defendants, all of whom are current or former soccer officials.”

Lynch added that the authorities are working to extradite to the United States current FIFA vice presidents Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout, who were arrested in Zurich earlier on Thursday.

 

“Eight additional defendants have agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in the corruption schemes that we have outlined,” Lynch stated.

The attorney general noted that the soccer officials, indicted in the FIFA probe, have solicited and received more than $200 million.

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