The FBI is investigating documents detailing over $500,000 in disbursements sent by a Caribbean soccer group directly to FIFA U.S. executive committee member, Chuck Blazer, according to reports. Blazer also serves as the general secretary of CONCACAF -- soccer's leading body within the Caribbean, as well as North and Central America. The FBI would not disclosed a timetable or the severity of its investigation.
FBI officials explained that the inquiry was associated with a report released by London journalist Andrew Jennings last week. Jennings -- an investigative specialist within the realm of corruption in international sports -- detailed several documents that allocated Blazer to receive the three offshore payments over the last 15 years.
These payments include a January 29, 1996 letter addressed from Caribbean Football Union president Jack Warner, ordering the vice president of an unspecified bank to transfer $57,750 to Blazer. Also included are documents that detail a $250,000 payment made by the Caribbean Football Union to Blazer earlier this year.
In response to the allegations, Blazer condemned Jennings' story as error-riddled, while claiming that the reporter had a "clear agenda."
But Blazer did not deny receiving three offshore payments, totaling more than $500,000. Instead, Blazer insisted that "all of my transactions have been conducted legally."
"In the past few weeks I have learned that Mr. Warner treated the CFU accounts as his personal accounts and co-mingled a variety of funds in those accounts," Blazer said. He said he was now "working with the current CFU administration to bring in forensic accountants to attempt to untangle this mess."