South Korean baseball pitcher An Ji-Man has been formally charged of engaging in an illegal online gambling operation, despite earlier reports that he had been cleared of charges.
An, a former pitcher for the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), was summoned back in July by the district prosecutor’s office in Daegu for investigation over allegations that he provided funds to a friend who went on to launch an illegal betting site.
Prosecutors said An gave KRW160 million (USD146,000) to his friend, according to reports. The pitcher denied the allegation and told authorities that he’d lent his friend money for the purposes of opening a restaurant.
Prosecutors had cleared the 33-year-old former pitcher of his illegal online gambling charges back in August after they failed to find enough evidence to back the allegations, according to Yonhap News. Samsung Lions player Yun Sung-hwan was also cleared of the same charges.