A strange case of identity fraud has been reported by MLB.com, all in a hoax to play ball.
The fraud suspect allegedly posed as an agent for Pirates outfielder Xavier Paul, pitching a deal in which Paul and the suspect would agree to play in Australia during the MLB’s offseason — but only if both men could play.
The suspect allegedly created fake IDs and told officials with the Australian Baseball League to expect Paul at the start of their season.
The ABL accepted the agreement, assigning the suspect to the Sydney Blue Sox and Paul to the Brisbane Bandits roster.
According to the MLB article, “Paul was tipped off that his identity was being misused when he was alerted to Internet articles that mentioned he would be participating in the ABL. Around that time, Brisbane reached out to Paul to ask him why he had not yet arrived in Australia.”
The MLB’s Department of Investigations is actively looking into the situation.