Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

Former major-league outfielder Yasiel Puig has agreed to plead responsible to a federal cost for mendacity to federal legislation enforcement about inserting bets with an unlawful sports activities playing operation, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Central District of California introduced on Monday. In keeping with unsealed courtroom paperwork, Puig is ready to plead responsible to 1 rely of creating false statements, which carries a most sentence of 5 years in federal jail. 

Puig has additionally agreed to pay a $55,000 wonderful. His preliminary look in United States District Courtroom is scheduled for November 15. 

The fees in opposition to Puig stem from his involvement with an unlawful playing enterprise run by Wayne Nix, who pleaded responsible in April to 1 rely of conspiracy to function an unlawful sports activities playing enterprise and one rely of submitting a false tax return. In keeping with the U.S. Legal professional’s assertion, Puig made a $200,000 cost to Nix’s operation to cowl playing money owed after which positioned 899 further bets in a span of lower than three months. 


“In January 2022, federal investigators interviewed Puig within the presence of his lawyer. In the course of the interview, regardless of being warned that mendacity to federal brokers is a criminal offense, Puig lied a number of instances. In the course of the interview, he falsely said that he solely knew Agent 1 from baseball and that he by no means mentioned playing with him, when in truth Puig mentioned sports activities betting with Agent 1 lots of of instances on the phone and through textual content message.

“After brokers confirmed Puig a duplicate of one of many cashiers’ checks he bought on June 25, 2019, Puig falsely said that he didn’t know the one who instructed him to ship $200,000 in cashiers’ checks to Particular person A. Puig additionally falsely said that he had positioned a wager on-line with an unknown particular person on an unknown web site that resulted in a lack of $200,000.

“In March 2022, Puig despatched Particular person B an audio message through WhatsApp wherein he admitted to mendacity to federal brokers in the course of the interview two months earlier.”

The Cuba native Puig, who turns 32 in early December, spent elements of seven seasons within the majors, six of which got here with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over that span, he batted .277/.348/.475 with 132 residence runs, 79 stolen bases, and one All-Star look. He final appeared in MLB in 2019. In 2021, Puig performed within the Mexican League, and this previous season he performed with the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korean Baseball Group. 

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