Former MLB player Yasiel Pugh has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of lying to federal agents about his bets with an illegal gambling operation.

Pugh pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements. This statute carries a penalty of up to five years in federal prison.

Pugh agreed to pay at least $55,000 in fines. He will appear in US District Court for the first time on November 15.

According to the plea agreement, Puig began betting on sporting events through a third party in May 2019. This third party — described in court documents as “Agent 1” — acted on behalf of the illegal gambling business run by Wayne Joseph Nick, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In January 2022, federal investigators interviewed Puig and his attorney. Puig is said to have lied several times, claiming that his acquaintance with a third party was not for gambling, but for baseball. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Puig had hundreds of phone and text conversations with a third party about sports betting.

Puig allegedly lied to one of the Knicks’ gambling customers about not knowing who he had ordered cashier’s checks worth of $200,000. Pugh said he placed online bets through an unknown person on an unknown website, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In the year In March 2022, Puig admitted to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a WhatsApp voicemail that he had lied to federal agents in January.

Puig, 31, played for Los Angeles Dodgers (2013 to 2018) Cincinnati Reds (2019) and Cleveland Guardians (2019) in it MLB Profession. On December 8, 2021, Puig signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Kiowum Heroes of South Korea’s KBO League.

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