Jack Warner accused of diverting earthquake victims funds

$750k of funds were bound for Haiti while $10m alleged bribe never appeared in accounts

Jack Warner, the embattled former Fifa vice-president at the centre of corruption charges, faces a new slew of allegations as more details emerge of payments that were reportedly diverted to bank accounts he controlled.

It has also been disclosed that $10 million dollars sent from Fifa to Warner never appeared in the annual accounts of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and nor did Fifa track the money to ensure it had been invested correctly.

In papers drawn up by US investigators and seen by the BBC, Warner is also accused of diverting $750,000 in emergency funds donated by Fifa and the Korean Football Association intended for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

The BBC reports US investigators alleging the money went to accounts controlled by Warner, at “Warner’s direction” for his “personal use”.


The $10 million sum, which according to a US justice department indictment was a bribe for Warner and his deputy Chuck Blazer to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup, was sent in 2008 and officially destined for the CFU as a legacy programme to support football in the Caribbean.

Instead, the money was removed from the CFU bank account in New York and used by Warner in a number of ways including paying Blazer $750,000. The bribery scandal has caused a crisis in the world governing body and last week Sepp Blatter announced he is to step down as Fifa president.

The CFU’s financial statement for 2008 makes no mention of the $10 million payment going through its bank account, stating that its only revenue was $1 million from tournament sponsorship and $15,000 dollars in membership dues.

The CFU audit was carried out by Kenny Rampersad, who was also the personal accountant of Warner and Blazer. The $10 million did not show up in the 2008 financial statements of the Concacaf federation either – Warner was president of both that organisation and the CFU.

Fifa insists that “member associations and confederations have to provide Fifa with an audited financial statement every year” . . . to ensure that “all financial assistance payments are invested correctly”.

The organisation said however it had not had the right to audit the CFU.

A Fifa spokesman said: “The Caribbean Football Union is not a member association of Fifa, so Fifa has no right to audit it and has not done so.”

The $10 million payment was paid by Fifa to Warner at the request of South Africa, but is not itemised in Fifa’s 2008 accounts.

Fifa’s auditors KPMG did not flag up the payment in its annual report and would not comment on the case, saying in a statement: “As Fifa’s statutory auditor, we are bound by professional confidentiality and have to refrain from any comment regarding our client.”

Fifa has said it merely “facilitated the reallocation” of funds destined for the World Cup to Warner at the request of South Africa. The South African government has insisted the money was not paid as a bribe.

Blazer has however pleaded guilty to taking the money as a bribe to vote for South Africa following a deal agreed in 2004 involving “high-ranking officials of Fifa, the South African government, and the South African bid committee”, according to the US indictment.

Rampersad’s involvement as an auditor was criticised by a 2013 report by Concacaf’s integrity committee instigated following Warner’s resignation in 2011.

That report stated, “Warner and Blazer had arranged for the audits to be conducted by Kenny Rampersad, an accountant who clearly lacked the independence to conduct a proper audit and did not engage in activities one would associate with an audit.

“A review of the evidence showed that the auditor used by Concacaf – Kenny Rampersad & Co – was not independent and in fact possessed clear conflicts of interest.”

According to the Trinidad Express, Rampersad is also the company accountant for the Trinidad-based JTA supermarket group, and it was he who carried out foreign currency purchases for the company from the $10 million from Warner’s account.