At the end of the second day of testimonies at the trial of three former South American soccer leaders, the son of Luis Chiriboga, theex-leader of the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation, offered an emotional account of the way he laundered 2.8 million dollars for his father, who is now under house arrest in Quito, after being sentenced to 10 years for corruption.
“This is the most difficult moment of my life,” said José Luis Chiriboga, manager of soccer players, recalling that his father Luis told him “I’m sorry, son, I destroyed your life.”
José Luis Chiriboga, 39, testified that his father asked him to use his account at the Biscayne Bank, in a suburb of Miami, to receive electronic transfers from Full Play and one of its associated companies, Cross Trading.
“It was my father who asked me. I could not say no, “he said.When the bank asked questions, Peña wrote a couple of fake contracts that gave details of consulting work that was never done, Chiriboga said.
The son of the former Ecuadorian soccer leader said he was in Amsterdam when the first accusations against FIFA were revealed. He said he thought “I’m broke”.Chiriboga said that the bank closed the account later. Subsequently, payments were sent to their accounts at Chase and HSBC banks.
After returning to Ecuador and hiring a lawyer from Houston, Chiriboga traveled to the United States. On June 15, he had landed after midnight in Los Angeles, from Las Vegas, while preparing to travel to the Mexican city of Leon. He said federal agents intercepted him when he left the plane and interrogated him about Full Play and the fake contracts.
He confessed lying at the beginning, when he said he had done consulting work. He said that the scandal has caused a deep impact. Later, he agreed to give a true testimony in exchange for not going to trial. He gave up an apartment he bought in Miami, with about $ 400,000 of laundered money.
“Since May 27, 2015, the ‘FIFA-gate’ has been in my mind 23 hours a day,” he said.
Although Chiriboga had no direct knowledge that Napout had accepted money, he said that his father had told him that the Paraguayan chief sent his driver to Buenos Aires, in order to collect funds given by Full Play. He considered it difficult to testify in front the three accused, whom he met for years and with whom he attended many soccer matches. (I)