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Former MLB player Yasiel Puig to plead guilty to illegal sports gambling

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Former Main League Baseball participant Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead responsible to mendacity to authorities about sports activities betting associated to an unlawful playing operation, the USA Lawyer’s Workplace introduced Monday.

Puig, 31, has agreed to plead responsible to a cost of creating false statements that carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail. He additionally agreed to pay a effective of at the very least $55,000, the Justice Division stated.

Puig, whose full identify is Yasiel Puig Valdés, performed six seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2013-2018). He’s at present taking part in skilled baseball in South Korea.

Pursuant to the plea settlement, Puig admits to putting sports activities betting via a 3rd social gathering who labored on behalf of an unlawful playing enterprise run by Wayne Joseph Nix of Newport Coast, California.

From Could 2019 to September 2019, authorities say Puig positioned a whole lot of bets on tennis, soccer and basketball video games.

Authorities didn’t point out that Puig wager on baseball.

In March, Nix was charged with conspiring to function an unlawful sports activities gaming enterprise and a cost of submitting a false tax return.

“In January 2022, federal investigators interviewed Puig within the presence of his lawyer,” the US lawyer’s workplace stated in an announcement. “Throughout the interview, he falsely claimed that he solely knew (the third social gathering) of baseball and that he by no means mentioned playing with him, when the truth is Puig mentioned sports activities betting with (the third social gathering) a whole lot of occasions over the telephone and through textual content. message.”

On Monday, federal prosecutors additionally entered a plea deal for former Main League Baseball participant Erik Kristian Hiljus, 49, who agreed to plead responsible to 2 counts of signing false tax returns.

Hiljus was an agent for Nix’s unlawful playing enterprise however didn’t work with Puig, the Justice Division stated.

“Beneath our justice system, nobody is above the regulation,” stated US Lawyer Martin Estrada. “The integrity of our nation’s legal justice system depends upon folks telling the reality, and those that fail to abide by this straightforward precept should face the implications.”

Puig was named to the Nationwide League All-Star crew in 2014, when he hit .296 with 16 dwelling runs as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He performed for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians in his last MLB season in 2019.

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