Wife of M’s of faces federal charges

The wife of Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is
accused of making $180,000 in unauthorized purchases with a debit
card belonging to a teammate of the player.

Federal court documents show that Maria Jacqueline Peguero was
charged earlier this month with three counts of wire fraud. An
agent with the U.S. Secret Service says in the court filings that
Peguero made 60 unauthorized purchases in 2012 from the upscale
retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Maria Jacqueline Peguero, 22, was arrested in the case but is
now free on bond. Her court-appointed attorney did not return a
call seeking comment Saturday.

The court documents do not identify the two people who owned the
debit card in the case but the filings say one of them is a
co-worker of Carlos Peguero. Peguero has been with the Mariners
organization for several years, playing some games in the major
leagues but spending most of this past year with the team’s
Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma.

One of the debit card owners has a limited understanding of the
English language and described to investigators that Maria
Jacqueline Peguero had helped her in May 2012 in making online
purchases. The same victim told authorities that Peguero had asked
whether she reviewed any of her bills, but the victim responded
that she did not usually review bills because the finances of the
two victims were managed by a third party.

Authorities say Peguero had items shipped to her own apartment
in Fife. Representatives from Saks first began scrutinizing the
purchases because the billing addresses and shipping addresses did
not match, according to court records.

Carlos Peguero is not charged in the case and told authorities
that his wife had told him that her brother worked for Saks.

Part of the investigation focused on images that Maria
Jacqueline Peguero had posted on her Twitter account. Investigators
said the images showed her wearing clothes that matched items
purchased online from Saks, including a leather purse that costs
$1,750 and a blouse that costs $208.