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CPBL Game-Fixing Probe

TAIWAN – Taiwan authorities indicted 24 people Wednesday on charges of fraud and game-fixing. Among the individuals charged was La New Bears pitcher Chang Chi-chia. The 29-year-old was once a member of Japanese club Seibu Lions.

Chang had allegedly been convinced by the “Windshield Wipers” criminal gang to throw games by accepting bribes in the form of cash and luxury cars.

Another defendant was former Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shin Nakagomi, who was the coach of the Brother Elephants. He was arrested in November after prosecutors got wind of his plan to flee the country.

Media outlets in Taiwan reported that players, gangsters and a local councilor were charged in the latest match-fixing scandal to rock the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

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Prosecutors are recommending prison terms of two years for Chang and one and a half years for Nakagomi. Both have been fired from their CPBL clubs following the evidence of their involvement in the game-fixing probe.

Prosecutors demanded a nine-year jail term for Wu Chien-pao, a Taoyuan County councilor. They also sought jail terms of four to six years for the gangsters who ran the game-fixing.

Taiwanese prosecutors allege that players colluded with the gambling syndicate to win or lose games by specific margins. Players were compensated for their cooperation while fans who had bet on games were guaranteed to lose.

Photo courtesy of CPBL

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