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Former MLB All-Star Outfielder Reportedly Facing Possible Prison Time

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal law enforcement about making sports bets using an illegal operation.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that Puig also agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

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According to the plea deal, Puig owed $289,000 in losses on bets made through Wayne Joseph Nix's illegal gambling business. 

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After paying his debts, the former All-Star outfielder placed 899 bets on tennis, football, and basketball games through Nix's betting websites from July to September 2019. 

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"When given the opportunity to be truthful about his involvement with Nix's Gambling businesses, Mr.  

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Puig chose not to," said IRS Criminal Investigation Los Angeles Field Office Special Agent in Charge Tyler Hatcher. "Mr. 

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Puig's lies hindered the legal and procedural tasks of the investigators and prosecutors."