Two years after it was first broken, the Biogenesis saga in South Florida continues to reveal hilarious details about how Major League Baseball conducts business. The Miami New Times reports on the criminal case against Lazer Collazo, an associate of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch, who is charged with recruiting minors to receive (and pay for) Bosch's performance-enhancing drug treatments.
Bosch is expected to testify against Collazo, so in an attempt to attack his credibility, Collazo's attorney Frank Quintero wants to know much MLB paid Bosch and what he did with that money. In exchange for turning informant against Alex Rodriguez and others, MLB dropped its lawsuit against Bosch and paid his massive legal bills, and other fees. The judge in Collazo's case has ordered Bosch to turn over documentation about payments from MLB, and according to Quintero, they will be pretty steamy:
A stash of $1.7 million given to Raj Badree, Bosch's personal bodyguard, was used as a "slush fund," Quintero alleges. Badree and [Bosch lawyer] Ribero-Ayala would routinely submit a "vague invoice" to MLB for "hotel expenses" or "investigative services," Quintero says. In fact, though, the money went to pay for a lavish lifestyle for the steroid dealer.
"The billing party would use said moneys for the benefit of Bosch, such as paying Bosch's child support payments, extravagant hotel stays totaling over tens of thousands of dollars, meals at fancy restaurants, tabs at night clubs, and expenses at strip clubs," Quintero writes.
Badree would routinely transfer money to "Bosch's girlfriend, who was allegedly pregnant with Mr. Bosch's child, (or) to an ex-business partner of Bosch's," he writes.
For their part, the MLB says they have no idea what Bosch did with the money they paid him:
An MLB spokesman says if Bosch played fast and loose with their money, the league didn't know about it. "We have no knowledge of any improper usage of payments we made to Bosch's security firm," Pat Courtney tells New Times.
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