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Dodgers: Yasiel Puig Faces New Charge in Gambling Case

Former Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is now facing multiple charges in a gambling case that was first reported late in 2022. According to recent reporting by KTLA 5, he now faces two federal counts of making false statements and obstructing justice. These charges are related to statements he made to federal investigators as a witness in their probe into an illegal gambling operation.

The additional charge against Puig comes after the MLB veteran withdrew a guilty plea for his part in the gambling operation. Originally, Puig had agreed to plead guilty to the lying charge, but that agreement was withdrawn late last year and Puig’s attorneys plan to fight the charges.

After Puig first entered the big leagues in 2013, he has been involved in several off-field incidents. Puig previously was charged with lying to federal investigators after he denied placing bets through an illegal gambling operation in 2019. If convicted of his new charge, Puig could face significant fines and up to 10 years in prison.

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly said there were two new charges against Puig; there’s actually one new charge for a total of two. Also, the previous version incorrectly said there had been a joint investigation between MLB and the FBI, but there was no such investigation.

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