Heads of South American soccer sent $128M in bank transfers

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The leaders of South America's football confederation transferred $128.6 million among 2000 and 2015 to non-public bills, suspicious money owed, or unauthorized third-celebration bills, consistent with an audit launched Wednesday with the aid of Ernst & Young.

According to the audit provided to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation's former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.Nine million to his private money owed. Leoz became the president for 27 years until resigning in 2013 for what he said had been health motives.

The audit also discovered $fifty eight million in payments "to 1/3 parties without adequate documentation," bills of $33.Three million to "unidentified accounts," and $10.Four million to "suspicious third-parties."

"We had stated that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clean money owed and responsibility," stated Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit remaining yr. "Today we're accountable to the leaders and the entire global of football."

Leoz, 88, is one among three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL accused on corruption costs by means of america Department of Justice. He is in Paraguay combating extradition to the USA.

The South American frame has been plagued via corruption, which became uncovered years in the past during the FIFA scandal. Leoz's successors, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout, had been each arrested on corruption expenses.

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