Two years ago, David Wilder, then senior director of player personnel for the White Sox, was fired by the Sox during an investigation of how money had been handled in regard to signings in the Dominican Republic:â†µâ†µ
An international scout for another major league team told the Chicago Tribune that the commissioner's office was interviewing the parents of several Latin players about the bonuses they received from major league teams. Investigators believe some scouts were either keeping a portion of the bonuses as a finder's fee, or misleading their organizations about the size of bonuses and keeping the difference for themselves.â†µâ†µ
Today, Chicago Breaking News reports that there have been three indictments in connection with this investigation:â†µâ†µ
A former Chicago White Sox executive and two baseball scouts were charged in a kickback scheme in which they illegally pocketed bonus-signing money from young, impoverished Latin American baseball prospects, federal authorities said today.â†µâ†µ
Wilder has a Cubs connection too -- he was director of minor league operations and then assistant GM from 1996-99. Wilder was also a player in the Cubs farm system -- he was one of three players acquired from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Dennis Eckersley on April 3, 1987.â†µâ†µ
Wilder is named in this Sun-Times article on this topic along with more details of the charges. If the allegations in the indictment are proven to be true, it's a sad ending for a truly once-promising baseball executive career.