Maria Peguero, wife of fomer Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Monday for using bank cards that belonged to Sandra Hernandez, the wife of Carlos Peguero's former teammate Felix Hernandez, to make several unauthorized purchases between June 26, 2012 and Oct. 9, 2012.
The U.S. Secret Service officially filed charges against Maria Peguero on Oct. 1 on three counts of wire fraud. Initially, she pled not guilty to the charges, but changed her plea to guilty in February before receiving her sentence in federal court in Tacoma on Monday.
According to the initial reports in October, Peguero allegedly made up to 60 unauthorized transactions and purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom with Sandra Hernandez's debit card during the noted time period and charged up to $191,000. Scheming obviously wasn't her strong suit though as she was eventually traced and tracked down through an email that connected to her Twitter account.
As for her relationship with Sandra Hernandez, usually there's a certain bond or at least camaraderie that exists between baseball wives and girlfriends. It's a unique lifestyle that only a small percentage of woman can understand and share experiences about. That can lead to great friendships and a degree of trust in some cases, which was obviously abused on a criminal level here.
It's a shame, too, because not only have these misguided acts changed Maria Peguero's life as she heads to prison for a year, it also may have influenced the career path of her husband, who was traded to the Kansas City Royals in December. The 26-year-old outfielder appeared in 65 games with Seattle over three seasons, hitting .195 with nine homers and 27 RBIs. Not monumental numbers, but his left-handed power is respected enough that he figures to get another chance in the big leagues at some point.
Just not in Seattle, where Felix is "King" and the Mariners weren't interested in dealing with potential awkwardness in his castle, aka their clubhouse.
Peguero is currently awaiting his turn at Triple-A Omaha. He's also on record stating that he didn't have any knowledge of his wife's actions.
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