NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced Brazilian broadcast executive Jose Margulies to two years’ probation on Tuesday for acting as an intermediary in a scheme to exchange bribes for the media rights to South American soccer tournaments.
Margulies participated in a â€œmassive worldwide conspiracyâ€ between 1991 and 2015 in which he facilitated $80 million in bribes to soccer officials, said Judge Pamela K. Chen. â€œThis is a serious crime.â€
His conduct was part of the FIFA scandal, which â€œdestroyed the credibility of professional soccer,â€ noted Chen.
The judge also barred Margulies, 80, from working in sports, television and marketing. He has already paid more than $9 million in forfeiture to the government.
Margulies was immune from extradition while living in Brazil but nonetheless came to the U.S. and cooperated with investigators.
â€œI knew that what I was doing was wrong,â€ said Margulies, adding that he has nobody to blame but himself.