FDLE arrests suspect in theft of MLB pitcher’s yacht


MIAMI, Fla. - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents yesterday arrested Anthony Acosta, former personal assistant to MLB pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Acosta is accused of selling Arroyo’s yacht, valued at approximately $167,000.00, without his permission and keeping the profit.

FDLE agents initiated the multi-jurisdictional investigation in July 2015 after Miami Dade Police Department provided information involving the fraudulent sale of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Bronson Arroyo’s yacht by Anthony Acosta. Acosta, terminated by Arroyo in 2012, contacted his former employer to inform him that his yacht, stored in Tampa, had sunk.

According to investigators, Acosta purposely reported higher repair costs to Arroyo in an attempt to get more money, meanwhile moving the boat to an Opa-locka, Fla. storage facility. In July 2013 Acosta fraudulently sold Arroyo’s vessel for $22,000.

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. Arroyo was contacted, by the new owners in April 2014 due to the dispute with Acosta. Arroyo, not being involved with the sale, discovered that Acosta had forged his signature on the bill of sale, and that Acosta had sold his boat without permission.

Acosta, who resides in Tampa, is charged with Grand Theft and Forgery. He was booked into Hillsborough County Jail on $50,000 bond. The investigation will be prosecuted by Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

For further information contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Molly Best, or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001