A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal.
Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA were fined by a federal court in Brooklyn for bribing top international soccer officials in exchange for commercial rights to major tournaments. They were each was fined $500,000. They had previously agreed to shut down operations as part of a plea agreement.
A Traffic executive, Jose Hawilla, was a key witness at the 2017 trial of three South American soccer officials accused of corruption. He told the jury that he and other marketing executives he worked with paid tens of millions of dollars over the years in bribes papered over by falsified contracts.
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