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Friday, January 17, 2014

Oz: Was the alleged A-Rod bribe to Tony Bosch actually just a billing error? Maybe

Just what the anti-aging facility ordered, another A-Rod story:

Presented in the “60 Minutes” story was an unsolicited wire transfer from “Arod Corporation” to Bosch’s criminal attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, in the amount of $49,901.51. Manfred told “60 Minutes” that he and MLB considered this a bribe.

But Steve Fishman of New York Magazine found this odd. Fishman, you’ll remember, wrote a big piece on A-Rod recently and then published those strange e-mails between A-Rod and New York Yankees president Randy Levine.

Fishman wondered, who pays $49.901.51 as hush money. It’s too specific an amount. Why not $50,000, nice and round? Fishman did some digging and discovered:

  In fact, documents obtained by New York suggests that the wire transfer was a legal payment made in error. Rodriguez’s attorney Roy Black sent Rodriguez a bill for that same amount on April 2, 2013 – six days before the payment to Ribero-Ayala. According to e-mails examined by New York, Rodriguez’s business staff confused the wiring information and accidentally sent the payment to Ribero-Ayala on April 8.

  Rodriguez’s employees had Ribero-Ayala’s name in their payment system because Rodriguez had previously paid her $25,000 to help cover Bosch’s mounting legal fees, when the two were still telling the same story — and Bosch had thanked him for that.

  On April 9, 2013, Rodriguez realized that the second payment was in error, according to the e-mail chain, and Ribero-Ayala returned the money, which was then transferred to Black’s law firm’s account.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 09:03 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: a-rod, biogenesis, mlb_discipline, steroids, yankees

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   1. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4641126)
The latest from Steve Fishman:
Update: MLB spokesman pat Courtney said: "We continue to believe that this payment, and the $25,000 payment that Rodriguez made to Bosch's attorney, was an attempt to silence Bosch."
   2. Shredder Posted: January 17, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4641173)
Wait, you mean 60 minutes failed to fact check something? Impossible!
   3. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4641187)
Update: MLB spokesman pat Courtney said: "We continue to believe that this payment, and the $25,000 payment that Rodriguez made to Bosch's attorney, was an attempt to silence Bosch."


"Of course, our payment to Bosch was to buy his testimony, so obviously we are in the wrong here", continued Courtney.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 17, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4641199)
The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand. Follow the 51 cents.
   5. The_Ex Posted: January 17, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4641246)
In the words of George Bernard Shaw:

We have established what you are, madam. We are now merely haggling over the price.
   6. Bob Tufts Posted: January 17, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4641311)
Follow the 51 centaurs.....
   7. Walt Davis Posted: January 17, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4641333)
I will have to keep it in mind that my bribes and other nefarious financial transactions should always be for strange amounts.

I'd never really thought of it before. It's always "Lieutenant we just got the suspect's bank records and there was a deposit of $50,000 right after the victim was shot."

Or maybe it was a $50,000 payment but ARod didn't want to add the IRS to his troubles and paid the withholding. Bosch can expect a W-2 any day now.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: January 17, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4641343)
I will have to keep it in mind that my bribes and other nefarious financial transactions should always be for strange amounts.


That was Theo's thinking with the Matsuzaka bid...
   9. Bob Tufts Posted: January 17, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4641361)
ARod's "payment" was a wire transfer while MLB's "payment" was made in cash. Hmmm.....

I would truly love this matter to somehow get into a federal court for the entertainment value of the discovery phase and people being put under oath.

   10. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4641369)
I would truly love this matter to somehow get into a federal court for the entertainment value of the discovery phase and people being put under oath.


If I were an ambitious DA in South Florida I'd be doing everything I could to empanel a Grand Jury on MLB's interference with an ongoing criminal investigation.
   11. ptodd Posted: January 17, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4641380)
If I were an ambitious DA in South Florida I'd be doing everything I could to empanel a Grand Jury on MLB's interference with an ongoing criminal investigation.


That would be career suicide. Between the Marlins and Rays and all the ST camps in Florida, MLB generates a lot of revenue for Florida
   12. ptodd Posted: January 17, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4641381)
So Arod paid Bosch in cash for his drugs (Bosch says) but he wires the bribe money..................LMFAO
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 17, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4641383)
Bosch says that you have to be careful about the first 5,000 dollars and the last 5,000 dollars, but that all the money in between is untraceable.
   14. Bob Tufts Posted: January 17, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4641386)
That would be career suicide. Between the Marlins and Rays and all the ST camps in Florida, MLB generates a lot of revenue for Florida.


We need a new Jim Garrison...or Willie Stark.

   15. Don Malcolm Posted: January 17, 2014 at 09:22 PM (#4641399)
We need a new Jim Garrison...or Willie Stark.


Sounds more like someone needs/needed a Jack Ruby, Bob. But we shouldn't fret...Oliver Stone is just about to announce his new film project--called THE CENTAUR.

   16. Bob Tufts Posted: January 17, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4641410)
Based on a Dick Francis novel?
   17. bobm Posted: January 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4641417)
‘Humphrey. Are you telling me that BES got the contract through bribery?'

He looked pained. ‘I wish you wouldn't use words like "bribery", Minister.' [...]

‘And now,' I fumed, ‘you are telling me we got it by bribery?'

‘No, Minister,' he replied firmly.

There seemed to be a light at the end of the tunnel. My spirits lifted. ‘Ah,' I said, ‘we didn't get it by bribery.'

‘That's not what I said,' he said carefully.

‘Well what did you say?'

‘I said I am not telling you we got it by bribery.'

Pure sophistry if ever I heard any. It seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel after all. Or if there was, it was turning out to be the proverbial oncoming train. So I asked him how he described the payments that had been made.

‘You mean, how does the contract describe them?' he asked, to make it clear that he would never describe them at all, under any circumstances.

To cut a long story short, Bernard gave me a list of informal guidelines for making these payments, a list that is in highly confidential circulation among top multinational companies.

"Terms for describing bribes when drawing up contracts:
1. Below £100,000
- Retainers
- Personal donations
- Special discounts
- Miscellaneous outgoings
2. £100,000 to £500,000
- Managerial surcharge
- Operating costs
- Ex-gratia payments
- Agents' fees
- Political contributions
- Extra-contractual payments
3. £500,000 +
- Introduction fees
- Commission fees
- Managements' expenses
- Administrative overheads
- Advance against profit sharing"


- Yes, Minister, "The Moral Dimension"
   18. Bob Tufts Posted: January 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4641423)
bobm - kudos for the "Yes Minister" reference. Ah, Nigel Hawthorne....

Mr. John Walker from the Scotch..Scottish office wants to see you in the communications room

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