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.