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Ex-White Sox scout sentenced in kickback scheme

August 28, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former Chicago White Sox scouting executive to two years in prison for accepting about $440,000 in kickbacks from Latin American players the team had signed.

Federal prosecutors say 52-year-old David Wilder of San Francisco pleaded guilty to mail fraud in February 2011. They say Wilder got the money from signing bonuses and contract buyouts that two of the team’s Latin American scouts paid to secure about two dozen prospective players. Those scouts also have pleaded guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say they sought a reduced sentence because Wilder cooperated with their investigation.

Wilder’s sentence begins Oct. 31. He also must pay the White Sox more than $440,000 in restitution.

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