HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) — State agents arrested a man accused of selling an MLB pitcher’s yacht and keeping the profit.READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Sites In South Florida
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents say Anthony Acosta is a former personal assistant to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Acosta allegedly sold Arroyo’s $167,000 yacht without his permission.
The arrest comes after Miami-Dade Police launched an investigation in July over a fraudulent sale of the yacht.
Acosta, who was terminated in 2012, allegedly contacted Arroyo to tell him his yacht, stored in Tampa, had sunk.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida
Investigators said Acosta also reported higher repair costs to Arroyo in an attempt to get more money.
Meantime, police say, he was moving the boat to an Opa-Locka storage facility where it was later sold for $22,000.
Investigators said Acosta forged Arroyo’s signature on the bill of sale.
After being notified, in September 2013, that the yacht had a lien on it, the new owners contacted Acosta and requested their money be returned but Acosta refused prompting them to contact Arroyo.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Captain Javier Ortiz Relieved Of Duty
Acosta is now charged with Grand Theft and Forgery. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on $50,000 bond.