Former Baseball Player from O.C. to Plead Guilty in Illegal Betting Case

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former minor league pitcher from Orange County and his business partner are expected to plead guilty today to a federal charge alleging they helped run an illegal major league sports betting operation.

Ex-baseball player Wayne Nix, 45, of Newport Coast, and Edon Kagasoff, 44, of Lake Forest, will both enter their pleas to a charge of conspiring to run an illegal gambling operation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Nix -- who played for Oakland Athletics farm teams -- also admitted to failing to report $1.4 million in income in 2017 and 2018, according to his plea agreement.

Nix began operating a bookmaking business about 20 years ago. Through his contacts in the sports world, he developed a client list that included current and former professional athletes, and he employed three former Major League Baseball players to assist with the business, federal prosecutors allege.

Kagasoff joined Nix in the gambling operation around 2014, and they used an online infrastructure and calling center to create accounts for bettors, according to court documents, which allege that Nix and his associates paid winning bets and retained nearly all of the money collected from bettors.

Nix's plea agreement outlines specific incidents related to the betting scheme, including receiving payments for gambling losses from a professional football player, a Major League Baseball coach and a baseball analyst. The plea agreement also discusses a bettor who wagered $1 million a year with Nix's operation, a $5 million bet on the 2019 Super Bowl, and a sports broadcaster who told Nix he was going to refinance his home to pay off gambling debts.

The owner of the online gambling business and website pleaded guilty last month and admitted the business was illegal under California law because it involved at least five people, operated for at least six years, and often had gross revenue of well over $2,000 on a single day.

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