Former Main League All-Star Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead responsible to a cost of mendacity to federal investigators about his involvement in an unlawful playing operation, based on the Division of Justice.
The 31-year-old, who’s at the moment enjoying in South Korea, will plead responsible to 1 depend of constructing false statements, which carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail. He additionally agreed to pay of nice of not less than $55,000. Puig will make his preliminary look in US District Courtroom in California on Tuesday.
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Former Main League All-Star Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead responsible to a cost of mendacity to federal investigators about his involvement in an unlawful playing operation, based on the Division of Justice. The 31-year-old, who’s at the moment enjoying in South Korea, will plead responsible to 1 depend of constructing false statements, which carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail
Puig filed the plea settlement in August, stating that he started betting on sporting occasions in 2019 by way of a 3rd social gathering – recognized in courtroom paperwork as ‘Agent 1’ – who was concerned in an unlawful playing operation run by 46-year-old Wayne Joseph Nix.
Puig finally owed Nix $282,900 in playing losses by June of 2019.
Agent 1 and one other particular person, recognized as ‘Particular person B,’ advised Puig to write down a test or wire switch payable to Nix or his playing shopper, ‘Particular person A.’
Then, on June 25, 2019, Puig withdrew $200,000 from Financial institution of America and acquired two cashiers’ checks for $100,000 apiece, made payable to Particular person A.
After the 2 sides resolved a dispute over the steadiness, Particular person A gave Puig full entry to his betting web sites. Between July 4, 2019 and September 29, 2019, Puig positioned 899 further bets on soccer, basketball and tennis.
Outfielder Yasiel Puig #66 of the Kiwoom Heroes fields the ball within the prime of the eighth inning through the Korean Baseball Group (KBO) League opening recreation between Kiwoom Heroes and Lotte Giants at Gocheok Skydome on April 2, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea
The scheme caught as much as the Cuban-born Puig in January, when he was interviewed by federal investigators. Regardless of being warned in regards to the risks of mendacity, Puig did so a number of occasions, based on the DOJ. Particularly, Puig falsely acknowledged that he solely knew Agent 1 from his profession as a MLB star and denied having mentioned playing with the person.
In actuality, the 2 had mentioned playing a whole lot of occasions.
Puig additionally despatched Particular person B an audio message on WhatsApp by which he admitted to mendacity to authorities.
A mug shot of Cuba’s Yasiel Puig, following his arrest in Florida for rushing, 2013
Nix has pleaded responsible to 1 depend of conspiracy to function an unlawful sports activities playing enterprise and one depend of submitting a false tax return. He will probably be sentenced in March of 2023.
A local of Cienfuegos, Cuba, who famously tried and didn’t defect to the US a dozen occasions, Puig turned a sensation for the Los Angeles Dodgers quickly after arriving within the nation and signing a seven-year, $42 million contract in 2012. He would end second within the Rookie of the Yr voting that season and posted a exceptional OPS+ of 159 (59 p.c higher than a median hitter in 2012).
Nonetheless, the proper fielder’s manufacturing slipped every of the following 4 seasons, and by 2018, the staff traded him to the Cincinnati Reds.
A 12 months later, he can be dealt to the Cleveland Indians, and was enjoying in Mexico by 2021. He signed a one-year, $1 million with South Koreas Kiwoom Heroes in December of 2021.
Puig has additionally been out and in of bother since arriving within the US. Expenses have included a number of allegations of reckless driving, and in 2021, ESPN reported that MLB investigators interviewed a lady who claimed he sexually assaulted her in a Staples Middle toilet. He denied the costs, however finally settled along with her out of courtroom.
In December of 2021, the Washington Put up reported that Puig additionally settled a lawsuit from two girls who claimed he sexually assaulted them in 2017.
He earned $51 million in wage over eight MLB seasons.
Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers indicators autographs earlier than his main league debut in opposition to the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2013 in Los Angeles