FIFA Scandal: Argentinian Businessman Alejandro Burzaco Arrested in Italy

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ROME — A businessman wanted as part of the alleged corruption scandal surrounding FIFA was arrested in northern Italy on Tuesday, local police said.

Alejandro Burzaco was one of three Argentinians who allegedly agreed to pay $110 million in bribes to soccer officials in North and South America in exchange for valuable marketing contracts, according to the Department of Justice indictment unsealed last month.

Burzaco, the 50-year-old CEO of Argentinian sports marketing firm Torneos y Competencias S.A, turned himself in to police in the northern Italian city of Bolzano, police said in a statement. He was accompanied by his lawyers.

Image: Alejandro Burzaco
Alejandro Burzaco in a photo released by Interpol. Interpol via AP

Burzaco has been accused of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy by U.S. officials.

Last week, Interpol issued a "red notice" for Burzaco, along with the two other Argentinians accused in the DOJ case, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis. Former FIFA executives Jack Warner and Nicolás Leoz were also the subject of Interpol's notice, as well as Brazilian businessman José Margulies.

Burzaco also has Italian citizenship.