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Fernando Martinez faces deportation after he was convicted of wire fraud

Fernando Martinez faces deportation after he was convicted of wire fraud

Attorneys for Yasiel Puig say ex-Dodger may have been entrapped in sports gambling probe

Former Dodgers pitcher Fernando Martinez is a free man as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to recommend that he be deported back to Mexico. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Justice.

Former Dodgers pitcher Fernando Martinez is a free man as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to recommend that he be deported back to Mexico. Photo courtesy of the California Department of Justice. Photo: Mike Nelson/HKT

Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Martinez is a free man as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to recommend that he be deported back to Mexico.

The plea deal, announced Wednesday, includes a recommendation that he be returned to his native Mexico, which would eliminate his eligibility for a U.S. visa. But immigration attorneys said they are still considering whether the recommendation has been met and could still recommend to parole his four years on probation for his alleged role in a series of sports wagering scams.

Attorney General Kamala Harris has said that immigration laws will be used to deport all of those involved in the Puig, Martinez, and the Hernandez cases. All three men pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud in Los Angeles last year.

The investigation of three former major-league players who used the Internet and the telephone to illegally play fantasy sports has been widened as prosecutors investigated whether the baseball players were involved in the scheme.

Immigration attorneys say prosecutors are using parole conditions to get their way.

A plea agreement includes a recommendation that the player be deported.

The three defendants have been placed on two years of probation, but the recommendation to be released on probation is to deport him.

The former Dodgers pitcher and convicted felon Fernando Martinez are facing deportation after his conviction last year for his role in the sports wagering scandal.

The former major-league players,

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