Second defendant in Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption scandal convicted, receives 15-month jail term

15-Month Prison Sentence for Ex-FIFA Soccer Official

15-Month Prison Sentence for Ex-FIFA Soccer Official

Costas Takkas, former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a United States judge on Tuesday.

The 15-month sentence that U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen gave Takkas on Tuesday is far below the 20-year max called for in the charges.

Judge Pamela Chen also ordered him to pay US$3 million (US$4 million) in restitution to be shared with former Federation Internationale de Football Association vice-president Jeffrey Webb, who pleaded guilty to a raft of offences in November 2015.

Takkas, she said, "assisted in laundering US$3 million in bribes, a breathtaking amount of fraud".

In May, Takkas pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy in a federal court in NY.

"I feel big remorse".

He was among seven football officials arrested in May 2015 at a Zurich hotel two days before the FIFA presidential election.

He was accused of demanding and accepting bribes of millions of dollars for then-CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb linked to the sale of marketing rights for World Cup qualifiers.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - A British national entangled in the Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption scheme received a 15-month prison sentence from a NY federal judge, but almost a year will be credited to time served in a Swiss prison.

The US corruption investigation precipitated the downfall of longtime FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his former heir apparent, Michel Platini.

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