Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Hiljus, Yasiel Puig involved in illegal gambling ring

According to a report from the United State Justice Department, an ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher and former Major League Baseball player Yasiel Puig were involved in an illegal ring. According to the report, Puig has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal law enforcement about his involvement in an illegal gambling ring. In addition, former Tigers pitcher Erik Hiljus, who spent parts of two seasons with the Detroit Tigers, has also agreed with the U.S. Justice Department to plead guilty to filing false tax returns.

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Which ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher is pleading guilty?

According to a report from MLive, the ex-Tigers pitcher who has agreed to plead guilty to filing false tax returns is  Erik Hiljus.

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The report noted that “Hiljus was an agent for the illegal gambling operation but did not work directly with Puig.”

Hiljus faces a maximum of six years in prison for his involvement.

Hiljus, now 49, played for the Tigers during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. During those seasons, he went 0-0 with a 5.49 ERA in nine total appearances.

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