Former White Sox executive gets two-year sentence for bonus kickback scheme

Andre Rienzo is one of the prospects Dave Wilder earned a kickback from. - Jonathan Daniel

The second of three former White Sox employees is punished for their part in stealing money from Chicago.

There is a dark side to the international scouting world, and it's not always on the players' end, with lies about ages and the like. Sometimes, it's on the team side, such as with former White Sox scouting executive, Dave Wilder, who was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for a bonus-skimming scheme that cost Chicago more than $400,000, according to FOX Chicago's Larry Yellen.

Wilder was fired by the White Sox back in 2008, but before that, he and a pair of his scouts -- Jorge Oquendo Rivera and Victor Matero -- paid out inflated bonuses to international prospects and then skimmed the top for a lucrative kickback. South Side Sox, SB Nation's White Sox blog, analyzed these players amid the scandal; of the 23, only one even made it to the majors, with most of them failing out of the pros in Rookie League -- the lone player to do so was current White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo.

In addition to the two years, Wilder, in conjunction with Rivera, must pay back the $440,781 to the White Sox. The third scout, Matero, will be sentenced on September 18.

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