FBI arrests Puerto Rico producer in government chat scandal

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The FBI has arrested a radio producer in Puerto Rico for allegedly trying to extort money from a government official to prevent the release of private messages that would “burn down Puerto Rico.” The indictment announced Wednesday is related to leaked communications sent via an encrypted messaging app that later brought down Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Sixto Jorge Díaz Colón faces federal charges including attempted extortion and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation. An attorney for Díaz could not be immediately reached for comment. The FBI says he was arrested at his home early Wednesday.last_img read more

FIFA pays TTFA staff outstanding salaries

first_imgTHE office staff members at the T&T Football Association (TTFA) have finally been paid after waiting for four months.Guardian Media Sports was reliably informed Friday that the staff members each received lump-sum payments for March, April, May and June last week, which accumulated to approximately $400 000 in total.Guardian Media Sports was also told that the FIFA-appointed Normalisation Committee, which is being led by businessman Robert Hadad and includes retired banker Nigel Romano and attorney Judy Daniel, is expected to make another payment of an estimated $600 000 to all the national team coaches.However, the senior men’s team coach Terry Fenwick, will not be on the paysheet since his contract has been a subject of public scrutiny for various reasons.A TTFA staff member also spoke to us on condition of anonymity and confirmed the payment of staff.Guardian Media Sports was also told that apart from coach Fenwick, both TTFA’s Media Officer Shaun Fuentes and the football association’s General Secretary Ramesh Ramdhan were also not paid.The payments, it is understood, were wired directly to the accounts of the staff members via a special account from an unknown company. According to the source, the moneys were made available from the FIFA payment of US$3.5M which represents grant funding to Member Associations and an additional amount for the FIFA Relief Fund which was given to help member associations through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has severely affected sports all over the world since March.Guardian Media Sports attempted to reach Nigel Romano for a response but calls and messages to his phone went unanswered.The source told Guardian Media Sports: “It is uncertain why Fuentes was not paid, but there are concerns about Ramdhan’s two-year deal which have prevented him from being paid.”Since accepting the position as general secretary in December last year, the former T&T and FIFA referee, who also had a short employment stint with FIFA, the world governing body for the sport, has not been paid.Ramdhan could not be reached for comment on Friday.Guardian Media Sports understands that there are opposing views with regard the interpretation of Article 39 of TTFA’s constitution between the Board of Directors of the TTFA and the president, on whether the terms of the contract for the general secretary should be determined by the president or the board members.The board, on December 14, 2019, voted for Ramdhan’s contract on a one-year deal.However, in June, through a media release, the former president William Wallace stated that his position allowed him ultimate power to decide on the contract of the general secretary.On June 17, Wallace was called to answer questions about the contracts of Fenwick, Ramdhan, Peter Miller, the football association’s marketing representative, and the Avec Sports sportswear deal which was set to cost a whopping $25?M.It is uncertain whether salaries will be forthcoming at the end of this month.The Normalisation Committee and the ousted TTFA executive, which comprises vice-presidents Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip and Wallace, have been in a battle for ownership of the football association’s bank accounts held at First Citizens Bank, as well as the right to use the TTFA letterhead.First Citizens, through its attorney Kendell Alexander, told both the TTFA and the Normalisation Committee that it would hand over the accounts to any party that presents a legal document showing ownership. (Extracted from Triidad Guardian)last_img read more