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Notable Dodgers "Draft Bust" Pitcher Busted for Running Shady Karaoke Machine Biz

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Bill Bene, a former amateur draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, had agreed to plead guilty on federal charges he operated a counterfeit karaoke business and didn't pay taxes on sales.

The Long Beach-born Bene, 44, sold counterfeit karaoke machines between 2006 and 2010, and did not report over $600,000 in sales to the Internal Revenue Service, according to City News Service. As part of his scheme, Bene illegally copied and sold karaoke songs on hard drives containing about 122,000 titles each, say prosecutors.

Bene, a Cal State L.A. grad, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1st round of the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft, but he spent his career in the minors. Baseball Reference hails Bene as "perhaps one of the most notable draft busts of his era."

Now the busted Bene could be looking at a maximum sentence of eight years behind bars, plus a fine of $250,000 or two times the gross gain or gross loss, restitution payments and three years of supervised release, according to prosecutors.