New US indictment puts focus on Daryan Warner in transport of alleged corrupt funds from Paris to T&T

Date: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 00:00

The US Justice Department's new indictments of 16 former football executives, have named Daryan Warner, the son of former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner as being involved in the transfer of alleged corrupt funds from Paris to this country on behalf of his father.

The money was said to be collected in a hotel in Paris, in stacks of US $10,000, which were brought back in a briefcase.

The Justice Department unsealed a 240-page "Superseding Indictment" today, linking the actions of some of the 16 newly indicted executives, to alleged deals involving Jack Warner.

Daryan Warner's name is mentioned in section 216, where it states;

"The defendant Jack Warner and his family had cultivated ties with South African soccer officials in connection with and subsequent to a failed bid by South Africa to host the 2006 World Cup. In the early 2000s, Daryan Warner, a member of Warner's family, had used Warner's contacts in South Africa to organize friendly matches for CONCACAF teams to play in South Africa.

'At one point, Warner also directed Daryan Warner to fly to Paris, France and accept a briefcase containing bundles of U.S. currency in $10,000 stacks in a hotel room from Co-Conspirator #13, a high-ranking South African bid committee official. Hours after arriving in Paris, Daryan Warner boarded a return flight and carried the briefcase back to Trinidad and Tobago, where Daryan Warner provided it to Jack Warner."

The document then goes on to reiterate previous allegations regarding Warner and Blazer's role in South Africa securing the World Cup but this time with new information regarding Morocco.

It says;

"In the months before the selection of the host nation for the 2010 World Cup, which was scheduled to take place in May 2004, the defendant Jack Warner and Charles Blazer traveled to Morocco as they had done in 1992, in advance of the voting for the 1998 World Cup host.

'While in Morocco during the 2004 trip, a representative of the Moroccan bid committee offered to pay $1 million to Warner in exchange for his agreement to cast his secret ballot on the FIFA executive committee for Morocco to host the 2010 World Cup.

'Charles Blazer learned from the defendant Jack Warner that high-ranking officials of FIFA, including Co-Conspirator #14, the South African bid committee, including Co-Conspirator #15, and the South African government were prepared to arrange for the government of South Africa to pay $10 million to CFU to "support the African diaspora."

As heard before, the new indictments state that Blazer understood the offer to be in exchange for the agreement of Warner, Blazer, and Co-Conspirator #16 to all vote for South Africa, rather than Morocco, to host the 2010 World Cup. 

Another segment of the Superceding Indictment points to the alleged embezzlement of funds by both Warner and former Concacaf president Jeffery Webb. It states;

"The conspirators' corruption of the enterprise extended beyond the payment and receipt of bribes and kickbacks.

'FIFA's provision of money - which totaled in the hundreds of millions of dollars - to its member associations in connection with the Goal Program, Financial Assistance Program (FAP), and other programs created opportunities for officials to embezzle or otherwise fraudulently appropriate funding intended to benefit FIFA's member associations and their constituent organizations, including youth leagues.

'Certain of the defendants and their co-conspirators, including the defendant Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb, took advantage of these opportunities and embezzled or otherwise personally appropriated funds provided by FIFA, including funds intended for natural disaster relief."

Both Warner and Webb had previously been indicted by the US Justice Department. Webb is already in the US, while Warner is fighting extradition.

The US Justice Department has named Daryan Warner, a witness in the FIFA rakeetering case.