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Shin Nakagomi appears on TV show, denies involvement in game-fixing

by on Sep.22, 2012 @ 1:08 am, under Other
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Shin Nakagomi, in addition to his wife and two daughters, appeared in a segment on TBS' Bakuhou The Friday on Friday and denied any involvement in the CPBL game-fixing scandal.

Said Nakagomi, "The lawyer told me if I confessed to doing it, I would be allowed to return home.  I did not [do any game-fixing], I did not receive [money].  Admitting that I did was very difficult, but I went along with it for my family."

According to Nakagomi, he was called in one day by team officials and questioned about game-fixing.  He recalled speaking to an acquaintance, who was a pitcher at the time, and giving him various bits of information about the team.  He never thought the information would be used for gambling.

With regards to receiving money, Nakagomi admitted that he received "taxi fare" when he went out to eat with his acquaintance.  The amounts were anywhere from about 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen.  He did not realize it was a pay-off.  He also added that the average salary for a player in Taiwan was about 1M yen.

Nakagomi was originally planning to fight the charges, but decided not to when his lawyer said it could take two or more years.  And when he was told he would get a suspended sentence and be allowed to return to Japan if he admitted to the charges, he decided he would go through with it for his family's well-being -- his wife was making ends meet by selling things off like their car, clothes, and furniture.

Upon returning to Japan, Nakagomi took on a part-time job working night shifts at a shipping company.  He managed to save up 3M yen and opened up a restaurant about 300 meters away from Koshien Stadium last December.

Source: Daily Sports 9/21/2012

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Shin Nakagomi returns to Japan, denies guilt in CPBL game-fixing scandal

by on Feb.22, 2011 @ 1:48 am, under Other
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Shin Nakagomi arrived at Kansai International Airport on Monday and told reporters upon arrival that he never fixed a game.  He also said that it was very difficult to admit to something he never did and that he did in order to get back to his family.

Nakagomi would like to continue pursuing a career in baseball, but will talk it over with people around him before deciding on what to do next.

See also:

CPBL Gambling Scandal

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Shin Nakagomi’s suspended 20-month prison term confirmed

by on Dec.17, 2010 @ 10:41 am, under Other
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The Taiwanese High Court decided on Thursday that Shin Nakagomi's suspended 20-month prison sentence (over 4 years) and fine (1.8M Taiwan dollars, or about 5.1M yen) would be upheld as originally ruled.  And while Nakagomi is currently not allowed to leave Taiwan, they may allow him to leave if he pays the fine.

Nakagomi was convicted of fixing games on 8/17.

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CPBL: Shin Nakagomi’s sentence too light

by on Sep.03, 2010 @ 3:09 pm, under Other
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The CPBL apparently felt that Shin Nakagomi's sentencing was too light and had filed an appeal late last month.  The next round of court dates probably won't be until October.

The irony in all of this is that Nakagomi pleaded guilty on all charges in order to expedite the trial and get back to Japan as soon as possible (his family is going through some problems right now and he wanted to be with them).  Now it seems he won't be able to get back until after the second trial.

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Shin Nakagomi pleads guilty to all charges

by on Jul.13, 2010 @ 11:34 pm, under Other
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Shin Nakagomi pleaded guilty to all charges of game-fixing and fraud at the Banciao District Court in Taiwan on Tuesday.  Nakagomi had previously admitted to one count of game-fixing but apparently changed his mind in attempt to get a suspended sentence (the prosecutors are seeking an 18-month prison term).  Nakagomi also told the court that he wanted to return to Japan as soon as possible so that he could get back to taking care of his struggling family.

According to other reports, the CPBL is also planning on seeking a combined $11.5M in compensation from everyone that is convicted.

A final ruling will be made on 8/17.

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Shin Nakagomi admits partial guilt in CPBL Scandal

by on Apr.24, 2010 @ 9:12 pm, under Other
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I haven't been able to confirm this with any English sources yet, but it appears Shin Nakagomi has admitted to partial guilt in the CBPL scandal.  The prosecution is claiming that Nakagomi helped fix 5 games between 2008 and 2009 by using pitchers that were in on the scandal and that he received 1.5M TD in compensation.  Of these, Nakagomi is apparently admitting to helping fix one game in September 2009 and receiving 200,000 TD in compensation.  In addition to this, Nakagomi is claiming that he involved himself in the scandal because he wanted to help players that were being scared into cooperating with the gangs that were behind the fixes.

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CPBL Scandal has links to the 2008 Olypmics?

by on Feb.11, 2010 @ 6:12 pm, under Other
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=== 10:39pm JST

etaiwannews has a story up that confirms this:

The charges covered games in Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League between 2006 and 2009, but suspicions have expanded to the Olympics because several members of the gambling syndicate traveled to China at the time and several of the indicted players were part of the Taiwanese team, reports said.

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At the Olympics, Taiwan first led by 2-0 and later by 7-3, but after a game full of surprises, the national team lost 7-8 to China, a country without any reputation in baseball.

What a mess...

=== 2/11/2010 6:12pm JST

There really isn't much on this right now, but a number of articles are pointing to an article in the China Times (a paper out of Taiwan) that connects some of the players named in the CPBL scandal as being present in China when Taiwan beat China at the Olympics in 2008. It seems investigators are now checking to see if there might be any links between the two.

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24 indictments handed down in CPBL scandal

by on Feb.10, 2010 @ 10:26 pm, under Other
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An update on the scandal that hit the CBPL.  And it seems like prosecutors are also going after Shin Nakagomi, former manager of the Elephants.

Via eTaiwanNews:

Brother Elephants star outfielder Chen Chih-yuan and former La New Bears pitcher Chang Chih-chia could face two years in prison after prosecutors announced a list of 24 indictments in Taiwan’s most recent baseball game-fixing scandal Wednesday.

After the announcement, the Elephants expelled Chen from the team, reports said. The player said he would file an appeal if he was convicted.

*snip*

In a related development, the La New Bears team was reportedly suing 13 players for a total of over NT$100 million in compensation, including NT$4.56 million from Chang.

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