Investigators for major league baseball have traced a $10,000 check drawn on Pete Rose's trust account to Paul Janszen, an FBI informant who has accused Rose of betting on baseball games, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter.
The money was used to pay Janszen's lawyer, Merlyn D. Shiverdecker, for representing the former bodybuilder in a federal tax evasion case, the newspaper quoted unidentified sources as saying.
Janszen, 31, has claimed he was the middleman between the Cincinnati Reds manager and Franklin, Ohio, restaurateur Ron Peters, who federal authorities claim handled $1 million in bets from Rose.
The check, signed by Rose's lawyer and agent, Reuven Katz of Cincinnati, was deposited in the bank account of Shiverdecker on March 22, 1988, as payment from Janszen, the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, Rose said that there were no plans for him to meet with Commissioner A. Barlett Giamatti when the Reds are in New York Wednesday and Thursday.