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Report: Strawberry Faces Tax Evasion Charges

March 2, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ Baseball player Darryl Strawberry could be indicted soon on charges of federal income tax evasion, the New York Daily News reported today.

Strawberry, a former New York Met and now an outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has hired a Los Angeles tax attorney to work out a possible plea-bargain agreement, the newspaper said.

Marty Gelfand, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Los Angeles tax division, said Strawberry hired him, but insisted he has had no negotiations with IRS investigators or the Dodgers.

″All I can say is I’m Darryl’s attorney,″ Gelfand told the newspaper.

The Daily News said sources familiar with the investigation have accumulated evidence that Strawberry, 31, failed to disclose more than $300,000 in income derived from signing autographs at baseball card and memorabilia shows.

The newspaper’s sources said other ball players are being investigated by the IRS and the U.S. attorney’s office in White Plains, N.Y., but that Strawberry is the only one facing criminal charges.

Marvin Smilon, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, said it is the policy of the office not to confirm or deny any investigation.

A grand jury has been looking into the case for more than a year.

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