CONMEBOL accuses former president Leoz of embezzlement

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) The South American soccer confederation has accused its former president of embezzling $28 million from the regional body.

CONMEBOL made the allegation against Nicolas Leoz in a complaint to the Paraguayan attorney general’s office. The move was authorized by current president Alejandro Dominguez, the confederation’s lawyer, Osvaldo Granada, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Granada said the attorney general’s office in Asuncion “needs to move their inner structures to designate a prosecutor to investigate Leoz.”

The lawyer added CONMEBOL “didn’t file criminal charges, only a complaint because the law so establishes it.”

Leoz is one of three former CONMEBOL presidents indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation into soccer corruption. The 88-year-old Paraguayan, who served as president from 1986-2013, is currently under house arrest in Asuncion and fighting extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion, money laundering and wire fraud.