Latin America Newsbeat
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Nationals assert that the Gonzalez/Alvarez signing came about as a result of fraud by their employees and filed an insurance claim to recoup the loss. Westchester Fire Insurance Co. denied the claim, so the Nationals are suing the insurance company. The team filed the lawsuit in May in Washington, D.C., Superior Court, but it was transferred to federal court in D.C. last week at the insurance company’s request.
In the lawsuit, the Nationals say that Alvarez “executed an affadavit detailing his fraud, including that he kicked back $300,000 of his bonus to Jose Rijo.” At the time Rijo ran the team’s Latin American scouting as a special assistant to then-general manager Jim Bowden. The Nationals also claim that Jose Baez, the team’s director of Dominican Republic operations at the time, was also involved in the kickback scheme.
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