HR Strange But True!
March 23, 2006

We have an update on an October 2005 HR Strange but True! story about a former minor league baseball player who told Florida prosecutors he was on the state payroll to play in a softball tournament.

State prosecutors alleged that former minor league pitcher Mark Guerra, 34, accepted paychecks for work he never did at a prison library. Instead of working, he took the money as an incentive to play on the winning team in the Florida Department of Correction Secretary's Tournament in Jacksonville last May, prosecutors said.

In a press release, Florida attorney general Charlie Crist said that Guerra has pleaded guilty and must repay $1,400 he received for playing on a tournament softball team. In addition, he must complete 50 hours of community service.

Crist said Guerra will avoid prison time in exchange for his cooperation in the ongoing state and federal investigations.

"It is disturbing that a state agency would place so much importance on a team sport that it would stoop to committing crimes," said Crist. "We will continue to provide whatever assistance is necessary to rid this department of the corruption that has become all too evident."

Source: Florida Attorney General's Office

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