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November 16, 2018

DC Partner Sam Rosenthal Assists Former FIFA Official Avoid Prison in International Soccer Scandal

Washington partner Sam Rosenthal assisted Eduardo Li, a former FIFA official and president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, avoid a prison term after Li pleaded to racketeering and corruption charges and cooperated with New York federal prosecutors in their wide-ranging corruption probe into international soccer.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen handed down a sentence of time served to Li, a former member-elect of the FIFA executive committee and previously a member of the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football, or CONCACAF.

Li alerted prosecutors to an import conspiracy, which resulted in a guilty plea from the company. 

“These crimes are by definition shrouded in secrecy, and it is extremely helpful to have someone like Mr. Li, who can explain how the scheme worked,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith D. Edelman said.

Li had faced an advisory sentencing guidelines range of roughly three and a half to more than four years in prison, but prosecutors recommended a below-guidelines term.

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