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Sentences reduced in 2009 baseball match-fixing
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-13 02:17 PM
The Taiwan High Court handed down sentences to four Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) players found guilty of match-fixing in 2009. Former pro baseball players Chen Chih-yuan, Tsai Feng-an and Yang Po-ren each received a sentence of six months while Chang Chih-chia was sentenced to four months in prison. All of the sentences in the case can be commuted to fines.

The match-fixing case broke as CPBL was observing its 20th anniversary of play with the season’s Final Series in October 2009. Players implicated in the scandal included Tsao Chin-hui, Chang, Chen, Tsai and several other stars. An investigation by the Banqiao District Prosecutors Office which concluded in 2010 charged four of the detained players – Chen, Tsai, Chang and Yang – while the remaining players were not prosecuted.

In June 2011 a New Taipei City court found a total of 23 defendants guilty including the four baseball players and handed out sentences ranging from 45 days to seven years as well as fines totaling more than NT$50 million.

The High Court ruled that changes in the ROC Penal Code and the fact that this was a series of crimes rather than a single incident meant the sentences imposed on the ball players should be reduced.

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