As the United States launches criminal proceedings against officials of world football's governing body and after Seven officials and associates were arrested in Zurich earlier this week, new we have Haiti emerging as one of Fifa's most extravagant expenses claims within the past several years.
It was reported that after the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the president of FIFA, pledged some money to Haiti. However, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner did not think all that money should go to Haiti.
But Yves Jean-Bart, head of the Haitian Football Association, claimed only to have seen a fraction of that money reach his country. According to the head of Haitian Football Association, Yves Jean-Bart, only a small portion of that money ever reached Haiti. Among many expanses that could not be traced, Jack Warner contracted with a company in his native country of Trinidad to produce emergency supplies for Haiti in the amount of $229,000. There is one problem: that particular company never existed.
Ex-FIFA Official Embezzled $750,000 intended for Haiti Earthquake Relief
Ex-FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, is under fire for misappropriation of funds he raised from FIFA and the Korean Football Association, a sum of $750,000.
U.S. prosecutors have been investigating him, and want him extradited from Trinidad and Tobago to answer charges of corruption and bribery in court.
He is alleged to have redirected $750,000, earmarked to help survivors from Haiti's 2010 earthquake, into his personal accounts. He claims he is innocent of all charges.
Here are the FIFA officials involved stealing $750,000 meant for Haiti earthquake. Jack Warner, Jeffrey Webb, Alfredo Hawit and Juan Angel Napout.
Jack Warner, a former FIFA Executive Committee member, and President of CONCACAF until his suspension and eventual resignation in 2011, and his successor Jeffrey Webb from Cayman Islands, have been accused of misappropriating money amounting around £500,000 ($750,000) intended to help the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. Jack Warner is a Trinidad and Tobago politician and businessman. Jack Warner and Jeffrey Webb have committed many and various acts of misconduct repeatedly and have pleaded guilty to seven charges. As per US attorney general Loretta Lynch, their extent of betrayal is truly outrageous. Jeffrey Webb was arrested in last May, but he is out on bail. On May 27th, Jack Warner also surrendered himself to police in his native Trinidad, but after spending a night in custody, was later released on bail. Two more FIFA officials, Alfredo Hawit (Honduras) and Juan Angel Napout (Paraguay), were arrested on December 3, 2015, in a widening bribery case during a pre-dawn raid at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on suspicion "of accepting bribes of millions of dollars". This was the second raid in this downtown Zurich hotel after May 27, 2015, that sparked the FIFA corruption crisis.
As per news sources, the US Justice Department has filed charges on bribes and kickbacks against 16 FIFA officials amounting £130 million ($200 million) following an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI). Danny Jordaan, the Mayor of Port Elizabeth, as well as president of the South African Football Association, once admitted of paying $10 million to a football body led by Jack Warner in 2008 for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA has officially confirmed the allegation that Warner, who is presently fighting extradition from Trinidad to the USA, has diverted a fund of $750,000 provided by FIFA and the Korean Football Association intended for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Ernst "ZeNono' Jean-Baptiste (59), a soccer legend who has coached and represented Haitian national football, a former player of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers believes that the way the world soccer governing body 'FIFA' is conducting its business is not fair; most of the things are done behind the close door; it is needed to be cleansed. On September 29, at the Central Broward Stadium in the presence of several Haitian dignitaries, including former Prime Minister Gerard Latortue while launching his campaign "For the Purity of the Game'' to oust the FIFA President Sepp Blatter and replace himself in his seat, he has announced his agenda to the press. If he wins the February 26 election, he would ensure a fairer distribution of funds, more diversity in the leadership, bring transparency in the game, there will be more involvement of former players, and less bureaucracy in the management.
This is reason to believe that Dr. Yves Jean-Bart, has been implicated in a a scandal with other FAFA officials. According to some reports and FIFA, there is a chance that Dr. Yves Jean-Bart might find himself in conflict with FIFA code of ethics and a likelihood that he might have violated some of them. According to the allegations, Dadou is accused of receiving gift and cash in exchange for his votes.
If Dr. Yves Jean-Bart is found guilty following the investigation, he will likely be asked to resign his current position as the President of the Haitian Football Federation. There is a chance that he might be banned from soccer alltogether.