Charged with perjury in 2022 of gambling facts in 2019
Court appearance on the 16th for a minimum fine of $55,000
Yasiel Puig (32), who led the team’s entry into the Korea Series by moving from Major League Baseball (MLB) to Kiwoom Heroes of Korea Professional Baseball (KBO) this year, admitted to perjury charges in an investigation into illegal gambling. report it all at once.
On the 15th, US media cited the US Department of Justice’s announcement and reported that Puig, who admitted perjury to federal investigators, had agreed to pay a fine of more than 55,000 dollars, and was scheduled to appear in the court on the 16th.
In the United States, perjury to a federal investigator can be punished with up to five years in prison.
According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, Puig lost $282,900 in May 2019 through third-party betting on illegal gambling operated by Wayne Joseph Nicks. It was revealed that Puig placed an additional 899 bets on tennis, football and basketball over the following months. American media said it was unclear whether Puig was also betting on the MLB.
US federal investigators investigating Nix’s illegal gambling operations met with Puig earlier this year, and found that Puig had made several false statements. At the time, Puig denied any talk related to gambling, but a number of illegal gambling conversations were captured in Puig’s text messages with a third party who introduced the gaming company. It was also confirmed that Puig sent a voice message to a Knicks company official informing federal investigators that he had perjured himself.
After escaping from Cuba and stepping onto the MLB stage, Puig could not shake the bad boy image, but after moving to the KBO stage this year, Puig showed a different appearance and received expectations. Puig also drew attention when he admitted that he was able to find stability and live a better life by receiving psychological treatment in Korea. He also did his part in Kiwoom and led the team to the Korea Series.
However, he was caught up in a past stained with gambling and perjury, and the path to a return to the big leagues was a long way off, and at the same time he was facing the biggest crisis in his baseball life.
Reporter Jang Hyeong-woo