Former MLB outfielder Yaisel Puig has pleaded responsible to at least one felony cost of mendacity to federal legislation enforcement brokers about inserting bets on sporting occasions with an unlawful playing operation. The Justice Division introduced Monday. The offense carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail.
Puig, who at present performs skilled baseball in South Korea, has additionally agreed to pay a minimal advantageous of $55,000.
Puig started playing in Might 2019 by an unlawful playing enterprise run by Wayne Joseph Nix of Newport Coast, California. By June of that very same 12 months, Puig owed Nix’s betting enterprise $282,900 in misplaced bets.
After paying $200,000 to Nix, Puig positioned an extra 899 bets on tennis, soccer and basketball video games from July 4 to September 29, 2019. Federal investigators interviewed Puig in January of this 12 months, throughout which Puig offered false statements. regardless of being reminded that mendacity to federal brokers was a felony.
In April, Nix pleaded responsible to at least one rely of conspiracy to function an unlawful sports activities betting enterprise and one rely of submitting a false tax return. His sentencing listening to is scheduled for March 8, 2023.
Puig final appeared within the MLB in 2019, when he performed with Cleveland and Cincinnati. In all, he spent seven seasons within the majors, together with six with the Dodgers, making the Nationwide League All-Star group in 2014.
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