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Eight baseball players named as defendants in game-fixing case

Eight baseball players named as defendants in game-fixing case

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Banciao prosecutors on Wednesday listed eight local baseball players as defendants in a case of game fixing and took one of them into custody and released two others on bail.
Chang Chih-chia, formerly of Japan's Seibu Lions and now a La New Bears player, and former Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tsao Chin-hui, were released after being questioned by prosecutors from the Banciao District Prosecutors Office in Taipei County.
Wang Chin-li of Brother Elephants was taken into custody on charges of fraud in the investigation into the latest game-fixing scandal to hit Taiwan's professional baseball league.
The players have been accused of throwing games of their own free will and so far, no evidence of violence or threats has surfaced, the prosecutors said. In previous similar cases it was found that organized crime figures had threatened players to force them to throw games.
The players in the current case allegedly colluded with bookmaker Tsai Cheng-yi, the alleged head of a gambling syndicate, and accepted cash payments to either throw games or manipulate the score in at least nine regular season games between May and September, according to evidence obtained by the prosecutors.
Before he was questioned by prosecutors, Tsao, the first Taiwanese player to compete in U.S. Major League Baseball, vehemently denied to the press that he had taken bribes or thrown games.
The other defendants are Lee Hao-jen, Liu Yu-chan, Wang Chun-tai and Wu Pau-hsien, who are all members of Brother Elephants, and Hsieh Chia-hsien of Sinon Bulls.
Tsai Chung-yu of La New Bears was also questioned as a witness.
Local newspaper reports, citing investigative sources, claimed that starting pitchers were paid NT$3 million and relievers NT$500,000 to cooperate in the scheme, which allegedly earned Tsai and the others over NT$100 million.
(By Huang Hsu-sheng, Wang Hong-kuo and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-02-27 06:44 GMT+08:00