Wife of Seattle Mariners player accused of wire fraud

Oct. 20, 2013 at 3:51 PM
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SEATTLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero's wife is facing fraud charges for allegedly using a debit card belonging to Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez's wife.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero has pleaded not guilty to three counts of wire fraud, which were filed against her on Oct. 1 by the U.S. Secret Service, the Seattle Times reported Saturday.

The complaint filed against Peguero, 22, alleged that she used a debit card belonging to Sandra Hernandez to make about 60 online purchases from Saks Fifth Avenue between June 26, 2012 and Oct. 9, 2012, totaling $180,000.

The Hernandezes are not named in the complaint but an official with knowledge of the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed their identities, the newspaper said.

Authorities searched Peguero's and seized dozens of items.

The investigation into Peguero began when Saks Fifth Avenue in New York began examining's her account. The complaint said Saks discovered that a series of purchases were made through her account with a Morgan Stanley debit card with a billing address that did not match the mailing address.

Peguero also allegedly called Hernandez and asked whether she ever reviewed her debit-card statements. Hernandez told Peguero "that she did not usually review the bills because their finances were managed by a third party," the complaint said.

Carlos Peguero told investigators that he had no idea about the purchases.

Maria Peguero, who is out on bail, has waved her right to a speedy trial in the case. A judge has ordered the government to decide whether it will seek an indictment by the grand jury by Dec. 30.

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