April 23, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former Oakland Athletics first baseman Troy Neel has pleaded guilty to fleeing to a tiny South Pacific island to avoid paying nearly $725,000 in owed child support.
Neel entered his plea Thursday in a San Antonio federal courtroom. The 43-year-old faces up to two years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say Neel purchased a resort island in the Republic of Vanuatu for a reported $1.5 million. Authorities say Neel lived there to avoid paying the monthly $5,000 child support payments for his two children.
Neel played for the A's from 1992 to 1994. He continued his career in Japan and Korea before retiring in 2001.
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