Former Dodger favorite Yasiel Puig has pleaded guilty to an illegal sports betting charge. Puig lied to law enforcement officials about the money he placed at sporting events as part of an illegal gambling operation. The court documents were released and announced by the United States Attorney’s Office today.
Puig pleaded guilty to one count of uttering false information, which carries a sentence of up to five years in state prison.
In the DOJ report, Puig reportedly agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000 and will appear in US District Court tomorrow.
Puig began making on-the-record bets in May 2019 when he placed bets on a sporting event through a third party known as “Agent 1,” the DOJ said. “Agent 1” worked for an illegal gambling business run by Wayne Joseph Nix of Newport Coast.
In the following month, Yasiel was estimated to have lost $282,900 in gambling losses.
Since then, gambling has been out of control and was finally busted by federal investigators in January 2022. In an interview, he lied about the crimes he had committed. .
Yasiel is a beloved Dodger who spent five years with the club and spent the previous season playing in the KBO league in South Korea.
We will keep you updated on this developing story.