Ex-FIFA VP allegedly pocketed bribe in Government office
By Lasana Liburd (wired868)
Add fraud to the numerous allegations—many of them substantiated—made against Jack Warner, Minister of Works and Infrastructure and ex-FIFA Vice President, over the years.
Accusations of corruption against Warner are nothing new. But the identity of Warner's latest accuser might raise fresh questions about the Chaguanas West MP's behavior during and after the visit of former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Current Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) General Secretary Richard Groden claimed, in an affidavit for FIFA which was leaked exclusively to Wired868, that Warner put US$40,000 (TT$243,200)—supposedly meant for the benefit of local football—into a drawer in his MP's office. The money, which was given by Bin Hammam, was declared by FIFA to be a bribe.
The affidavit was leaked to Wired868 last month by a source within the football fraternity. But it can only now be revealed after the sender consented to it being published.
Groden, who was also charged by FIFA for his behavior on 11 August 2011 but let off with a warning on 14 October 2011, said he never heard anything about the cash-stuffed envelope since.READ MORE...