Carlos Chavez, the president of Bolivia's soccer federation, was jailed Tuesday in an embezzlement case, the Associated Press reported. He was reportedly charged with diverting funds from the proceeds of a charity match and for being part of a "criminal organization."
Judge Roberto Baldivieso reportedly ordered Chavez to be sent to the infamous prison of Palmasola, in the eastern city of Santa Cruz. Chavez, who also served as treasurer of the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL), was arrested last month along with the federation's executive secretary, Alberto Lozada. The arrests reportedly came as part of a probe into alleged corruption in national football. Baldivieso reportedly ordered Lozada to house arrest.
Chavez and Lozada are reportedly accused of misappropriating some of the $400,000 in receipts from a 2013 friendly match between Bolivia and Brazil that would have benefited the family of Kevin Beltran -- a 14-year-old soccer fan who was killed by fireworks during an earlier game. According to Beltran's father, Chavez had said in 2013 that part of the money would go to the family.
Recently, several top CONMEBOL executives were reportedly indicted in a U.S. investigation into alleged corruption at world football's governing body FIFA, on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud. Former CONMEBOL president Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay was among the seven people arrested in a May raid in Zurich along with executive committee members Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil, according to Agence France-Presse.