Two former FIFA officials lost their corruption appeals Monday, after a final ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
As the Associated Press reports, former FIFA executive committee members Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi had received “two-year bans for corrupt behavior during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups” and have been appealing those decisions.
Those appeals are now over, after the arbitration court’s decision.
The two officials were originally suspended after reporters from British newspaper The Sunday Times went undercover as lobbyists seeking advice on bribing the soccer body, and documented their encounters with Diakite and Fusimalohi. The two men “advised undercover reporters posing as lobbyists how to bribe FIFA officials with $1 million,” the AP reports.
A U.S. businessman is facing a host of fraud and human trafficking charges after allegedly luring foreign nurses to the United States with the promise of making up to $72,000 teaching at a Colorado university.
There was only one problem: there were no jobs. What’s more, there was no university.
In what federal prosecutors call an “elaborate scheme,” Kizzy Kalu of Highland Ranch, Colo. and an accomplice in Georgia are charged with “luring foreigners to the United States to work for a nonexistent university and then stealing portions of their salaries after setting them up with other jobs,” ABC News reports.
Kalu is accused of recruiting the foreign workers, fraudulently obtaining visas for them to teach at a school that didn’t exist, and then once they arrived coercing them into working for a fraction of their promised pay at various Colorado nursing homes.
He faces 132 charges, including “visa fraud, forced labor, money laundering, human trafficking, criminal forfeiture and mail fraud,” ABC reports. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
The health minister of India’s Himachal province, Rajiv Bindal, dramatically and publicly submitted his resignation Monday, amidst allegations of corruption over assets acquired by him and his family.
As the Hindustan Times reports, Bindal made the sudden announcement during a state assembly session, where he proclaimed his innocence but then said he intended to step down — walking up to the state’s chief minister and handing him his resignation letter.
Bindal claimed he had become a “victim of politics” and that the “charges against him held no ground,” the Times reports. The allegations involve a series of land deals in Himachal that benefited Bindal.