Lots of money, fraud and corruption in Dominican Baseball

A White Sox official was arrested last summer for bringing cash into the United States in his shoes, and cash has been rifled out of the pockets of destitute Dominican teenagers. The Washington Nationals had to fire their Dominican coordinator in an unseemly scandal, and several other teams have fired employees because of signing-bonus looting.

In 2006, the Nationals gave a kid named Esmailyn Gonzalez $1.4 million, but he turned out to be Carlos David Alvarez Lugo and four years older than he told the club. The Indians last summer paid $575,000 to Jose Ozoria after spending time with the family and examining all his papers; recently, they learned that his name is Wally Bryan and that he's three years older than his documentation showed.

Former San Diego Padres CEO Sandy Alderson is overseeing a wholesale investigation being conducted by Eddie Dominguez of MLB Security into corruption and fraud in the Dominican Republic and all over Latin America, an investigation that may lead to the deportation of from 70 to 100 minor leaguers. Full article at ESPN

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