Developing Story: Felix Hernadez’s Wife Victim of Fraud
By Dan Hughes
Jul 26, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielderCarlos Peguero
(4) stands at second base after hitting an RBI-double against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
* (Oct. 21, 2013; 11:15 pm PDT) Story updated to reflect relationship of the accused to former major leaguer.
The wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero has been accused of fraud, reportedly making $180,000 in unauthorized purchases with a debit card that belonged to Felix Hernandez‘s wife, the Seattle Times has reported.
Federal court documents show that Maria Jacqueline Peguero *(the daughter of the late relief pitcher Pedro Borbon) was charged earlier this month with three counts of wire fraud. Peguero allegedly made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from Saks Fifth Avenue.
Maria Peguero was arrested but is now free on bond.
The court complaint does not identify Felix or Sandra Hernandez by name, but a source confirmed their identities to the Times.
The court documents only say that one of the victims is a co-worker of Carlos Peguero, who has been with the Mariners organization for several years, playing most of this past year with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma.
Carlos Peguero, 26, appeared in two games this past season for Seattle and has spent his entire three-year career with the Mariners, batting .195 in 205 at-bats.
Felix Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, went 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA in 2013, his ninth season with the Mariners. The four-time All-Star signed a 7-year, $175 million deal with the Mariners last February.
More on this story as more information becomes public.