Former FIFA vice-president Alfredo Hawit has had his application to be placed under house arrest without bail rejected by a New York City judge, having pleaded not guilty earlier this week to 12 corruption charges in connection with the investigation into world football’s governing body.
The Honduran, interim head of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) until he was arrested in Zurich on the morning of FIFA’s Executive Committee meeting last month, was extradited to the United States on Wednesday (January 13) from Switzerland.
He denies the dozen charges against him which include racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.
Attorney Justin Weddle asked that Hawit be placed under house arrest and fitted with an electronic monitoring device at his daughter's home in Miami.
Judge Robert Levy rejected the request, but left open the possibility the court could reconsider if Hawit deposited a "significant amount" of money from $20,000 (£14,000/€18,300) to $50,000 (£34,900/€45,800).
Hawit has been described as a significant flight risk by prosecutors, who demanded that bail be posted at $4 million (£3 million/€3.5 million) - guaranteed by either $500,000 (£350,000/€450,000) in cash or US property.
A further hearing has been set for January 21.
Hawit, 64, was one of 16 officials indicted by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on corruption charges last month, along with former South American Football Confederation President Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay.
Napout has already been extradited and denied the charges against him at a Federal Court in New York City.
The pair have also been suspended by the FIFA Ethics Committee for 90 days.
They are both accused of involvement in bribery schemes involving more than $200 million (£139.5 million/€183 million) in connection with the granting of marketing rights to several tournaments in Latin America and the US.
The FOJ recently handed over the first batch of evidence to American authorities as part of the probe, including documents relating to bank accounts which could have been used to store money obtained through bribes.
CONCACAF have decided not to appoint an interim President as it was decided the Executive Committee as a whole will control the governing body until a new leader is elected at its Congress in Mexico City on May 12.
This has been reportedly challenged by several Caribbean members as the move directly goes against CONCACAF’s statutes.
Guyanese businessman Mark Rodrigues has become the first to declare his interest in the Presidency of CONCACAF, though he will need the support of three more Member Associations before he is officially allowed to stand.
He is hoping to take over as head of an organisation which is at the centre of the scandal engulfing FIFA as three of its former Presidents, including Hawit, have been indicted by the DOJ.
The body’s most recent President, Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, has since pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering.
He was one of seven people to plead guilty to the charges filed by the DOJ.
Webb followed Jack Warner in taking up the CONCACAF hot-seat after the Trinidad and Tobago businessman was suspended in 2011 for his role in widespread corruption within world football.
He was then banned from football for life in September by the FIFA Ethics Committee.