Puig’s wager did not succeed
Yasiel Puig, a former standout outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in wagers with an unauthorized gambling website in 2019. He entered a guilty plea to a federal allegation of lying to law officials about the bets on Monday. Puig will pay a minimum $55,000 fine and risk up to five years in jail, according to a statement released by the Central District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office, but one would assume that any further penalties won’t be that harsh.
According to HSI Los Angeles Acting Special Agent in Charge Eddy Wang, lying to federal authorities is a severe violation. The fair administration of justice will be forcefully resisted by HSI Los Angeles and its allies.
The USAO claims that Puig started betting in May 2019 when he used a third party merely known as “Agent 1” to help him make bets on sporting events. Agent 1 worked for Wayne Nix, a former minor league baseball player, who ran an illicit gambling website.
Puig would communicate his desired wagers to Agent 1, who would then place them with Nix’s website. Puig was down $282,900 by June 2019. Puig took $200,000 from his bank account, purchased two $100,000 cashier’s checks, and paid “Individual A,” a client that Nix’s company owed money to.
Nix granted Puig immediate access to the betting website in exchange for the cash. Puig placed 899 wagers between July 4 and September 29 on basketball, football, and tennis. There is no proof that he placed a baseball betting wager.
Truth alone, and nothing else
Puig lied to federal authorities who questioned him in January of this year, claiming that the only way he knew Agent 1 was via baseball and not through gambling. In addition, he lied about the $200,000, claiming that he had lost the money in a single, large online wager, and that he was unaware of the identity of the individual who had instructed him to send the money to Individual A.
In April, when we were discussing Wayne Nix, he had just entered a guilty plea for running an illegal gambling operation that was conducted through the website Sand Island Sports, which was situated in Costa Rica.
Nix and his business partner, Edon Kagasoff, recruited three former Major League Baseball players to operate the firm. Nix and Edon also had a client list filled with professional athletes, coaches, and commentators, some of whom were still actively competing in their respective sports. They accepted wagers through a phone center as well as through their website.
From 2013 to 2018, Yasiel Puig was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2019, he played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, who are now known as the Guardians. It was well known that he had an outstanding arm and that he had enormous power at the plate. During his time in the Major Leagues, Puig had a batting average of.277, connected for 132 home runs, and was chosen for the All-Star team in 2014. He is currently based out of South Korea.
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