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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Rose serves time for cheating on taxes
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 8, 1990

Pete Rose, who never cheated anybody with his effort on a baseball field, begins a five-month sentence for cheating on his income taxes. Rose becomes No. 01832061 at the minimum-security camp next to the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill.

The 49-year-old Rose, reporting two days before his deadline to show up, is fingerprinted, photographed and given his prison number before joining his fellow inmates for dinner.

"We will make every effort to help Mr. Rose maintain his privacy while at the Marion camp and to see that his stay is as uneventful as possible," says Warden John Clark.

Baseball's all-time hits leader, who is banned from the game for betting on baseball, was convicted on two federal counts of failing to report more than $354,000 in income. He earned the money selling memorabilia, signing autographs and gambling.

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