Aaron Davidson, one of 14 arrested last week in FIFA’s anti-corruption probe, wants to cut a deal, according court documents.
Sports marketing executive Aaron Davidson, who pleaded not guilty last week in Brooklyn federal court to racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges related to the burgeoning FIFA scandal, is trying to cut a deal with prosecutors, according to court documents.
Davidson, like any other defendant, is entitled to a speedy trial, but prosecutors and Davidson’s attorney Michael Hantman have asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak to stop the clock from May 29 to July 17.
“The parties seek the exclusion of the foregoing period because they are engaged in plea negotiations, which they believe are likely to result in a disposition of this case without trial, and they require an exclusion of time in order to focus efforts on plea negotiations without the risk that they would not, despite their due diligence, have reasonable time for effective preparation for trial,” the application for the excludable delay said.
Pollak agreed to the excludable delay. Hantman declined to comment Monday.
Reporters suspected Davidson may be seeking a deal when they saw his parents, accompanied by an FBI agent, avoid the media scrum waiting outside the Brooklyn courthouse Friday by exiting through a garage, a practice normally reserved for witnesses and cooperating defendants.
Davidson, the president of a sports marketing company called Traffic Sports USA, was among 14 people named in the indictment that claims soccer officials took more than $ 150 million in bribes by marketing firms seeing broadcast rights and other contracts as well as by countries hoping to host the World Cup.
Davidson, who was also the chairman of the board of the North American Soccer League before NASL severed ties with him, is the first defendant charged in what Justice Department officials have described as a decades-long bribery scandal to appear in a United States court. The others are in the process of being extradited..
The 44-year-old Florida resident posted a $ 5 million bond secured by the Miami apartment he owns with his wife, Michelle Dryjansky, as well as properties owned by his parents.
Davidson will be confined to his home and can only leave the apartment for medical appointments, religious services and court hearings.
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