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Juan Carlos Oviedo, closer for the Florida Marlins, has returned to his native Dominican Republic after being outed as an illegal alien. You might know him better as Leo Nunez, the fake moniker he assumed after entering the United States. He also changed his age, shaving off a year as Nunez.
The team has placed Oviedo/Nunez on Major League Baseball’s restricted list. It’s been reported that he was in line to get a significant pay raise — of up to $6 million dollars — this off season.
The Marlins are said to have been aware of the deception for several months. He will be criminally charged in his home country for using a false identity, after confessing to Dominican authorities
According to a report in the Miami Herald, Major League Baseball has been plagued by problems with bogus identities and falsified birth certificates from Dominican players for years. MLB even opened an office in Santo Domingo in 2000, in part to work more closely with the elections council on reviewing forged documents.
A crackdown that resulted from post 9-11 visa scrutiny found more than 500 players — most from the Dominican Republic — with fake names or ages.
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