He was a central player in the U.S. government’s blockbuster crackdown on FIFA corruption Wednesday — a well-connected American witness, as corrupt as the colleagues he ratted out. Chuck Blazer, once the top soccer official in the U.S., began secretly cooperating with FBI and IRS investigators in late 2011, as the Daily News reported six months ago. He stood by while they monitored his phone calls and emails, mapped his web of offshore accounts and diagrammed the bribes and kickbacks influencing international soccer. COFFEY: FIFA PRESIDENT SEPP BLATTER WON’T FACE THE BOOT Now, after decades of living extravagantly on his perch amid a swamp of FIFA greed, Blazer is “Co-conspirator #1” in a 47-count indictment unsealed Wednesday charging 14 of his former colleagues and contacts with crimes. Those arrested in Switzerland Wednesday may soon be extradited to Brooklyn to face charges of money laundering, wire fraud and racketeering. But informant work didn’t get Blazer off the hook. On Wednesday, prosecutors revealed that Blazer secretly pleaded guilty on Nov. 25, 2013, to a host of felonies including racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and income tax evasion. Newly unsealed court documents describe how Blazer abused his position as far… Read full this story
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