FIFA match agent pleads guilty to corruption charges

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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a Florida match agent licensed by the soccer federation has pleaded guilty to money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy.

Miguel Trujillo entered the plea Tuesday in Brooklyn for his role in a scheme to bribe FIFA (FEE'-fuh) officials.

Trujillo was licensed by FIFA to negotiate and arrange matches between FIFA member associations.

Authorities said that beginning in 2008, he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to high-ranking officials of FIFA and soccer federations in Central America and the Caribbean in schemes involving media and marketing contracts.

Prosecutors say he acted on behalf of his own soccer business and other sports marketing companies.

Tuesday's guilty plea is part of American prosecutors' probe into corruption in international soccer.

His attorney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.