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Former Brazilian soccer chief sentenced to 4 years

2018-08-23 02:08
A former president of Brazil's soccer federation was sentenced on Wednesday by a U.S. judge to four years in prison after being convicted on corruption charges related to the bribery scandal at FIFA, the sport's governing body. Jose Maria Marin, 86, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York. He was also fined $1.2 million and ordered to forfeit $3.34 million. He was among the first to stand trial over what U.S. prosecutors called a sprawling scheme involving payments of more than $200 million of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights for soccer matches. Prosecutors said Marin received several million dollars in bribes. "We are disappointed in the length of the sentence but appreciate the judge's efforts to strike a fair balance," Marin's lawyer Charles Stillman, said in an email. "Mr. Marin will pursue an appeal." Prosecutors had sought a minimum 10-year prison term, less 13 months that Marin has already spent in custody. Defense lawyers said Marin's age and health meant he should be sentenced to time served, court papers showed. At least 42 individuals and entities have been charged in the FIFA probe, and many have pleaded guilty. Credit: Reuters