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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Dave Wilder nets 2-year sentence

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Former Chicago White Sox senior director of player personnel David Wilder was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison, according to multiple reports. 

Wilder was involved in a kickback scheme to bilk an estimated $440,000 from Latin American baseball players who were signed by the White Sox over a period of four years. A reported 23 players were involved in the kickbacks, which took place between 2004 and 2008.

He was indicted in 2010 and pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 2011.

Wilder worked for the White Sox for five years, all in the player development department.

Two other White Sox scouts pleaded guilty. According to Bloomberg, Jorge Oquendo Rivera was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, while Victor Mateo is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18.

The White Sox released a statement after Wednesday's sentencing, which read in part: "This has been a painful betrayal for the team, and while the White Sox organization has moved on during the intervening years, it is a relief to have closed this final chapter today. We believe the sentence handed down today by the court stands by itself and requires no additional comment from the White Sox beyond this statement."