Sunday 19 November 2017

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner investigated over missing Haiti funds

Jack Warner holds up a cheque during his Trinidad press conference.
Jack Warner holds up a cheque during his Trinidad press conference. Newsdesk

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is being investigated over the disappearance of money intended for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the BBC has reported.

US investigators are delving into accounts after Mr Warner visited the country in the months after the disaster and pledged $974,550 from football's world governing body and the South Korean Football Association to help rebuild the country.

However that lodgement appears to have been transferred to personal accounts controlled by warner and crucially, the money is still unaccounted for.

Investigators are working through 75 bank accounts connected to the former vice-president, and a source within the investigation has admitted that some of the missing millions may never be found.

The attorney-general in Mr Warner's native Trinidad and Tobago, Garvin Nicholas, has also promised to investigate.

"I think if Jack Warner actually stole money that was meant for Haiti, that is a most despicable crime, and I would expect the authorities to do all that they can to ensure the recovery of that money," he said.

Mr Warner is wanted in the US on charges of corruption and money laundering, but denies all allegations.

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