From approximately 1991 to 2015, in New York and elsewhere, Jose Margulies and others allegedly participated in a criminal enterprise that engaged in racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, and a pattern of other criminal activities including bribary, in order to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. Margulies was a close associate of, and financial facilitator for, several sports marketing executives and was also an executive of two companies registered in Panama and Turks and Caicos. He allegedly conspired to pay, and paid, bribes and kickbacks to Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials on behalf of sports marketing executives who sought, through bribary, to obtain the commercial rights to international football/soccer tournaments marketed in the United States and in which the United States was to participate.
On May 20, 2015, a federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, New York, after Margulies was charged with Racketeering Conspiracy, Wire Fraud Conspiracy, and Money Laundering Conspiracy.
Margulies is known to speak Spanish. He holds a current Brazilian passport and may travel to Brazil, Argentina, the Czech Republic, and/or Germany. Margulies may travel on the following Passports: Brazil FD147215, Brazil FD755243, Argentina 04302505M, or Poland AU7016484.