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Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

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Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case.

But he wasn’t held for very long at all.

According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to pay bail. He’s not facing any charges in his native Dominican because he continues to cooperate with the authorities’ investigation into his own crime.

Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, was applying for a work visa at the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo when he was detained. He will presumably try for that visa again on Friday with an eye on returning to the United States sometime soon.

The Fish are expected to tender him a contract for 2012 to serve as a setup man to closer Heath Bell.

  1. qcubed3 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    I prefer the old Leo Nunez to the new Juan Carlos Oviedo

    • El Bravo - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Me and my fantasy teams of the last two years agree with you. Plus Leo Nunez is just such a cooler name. Now that I think about it, it totally sounds like a fake name.

      • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Yeah, it just screams naugahyde.

  2. hushbrother - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    I’m just wondering, what possible reason could there be for using the fake name?

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:31 AM

      From a financial standpoint, a very good one. He needed to fake his age to qualify for a more lucrative contract – younger players in the Dominican signed for more money than older ones. He shaved a year off his age.

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    As predicted his ability to get hitters out will get him in. Why would anyone expect anything different?

  4. Jonny 5 - Dec 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    So he Juan his freedom… Goood for him. A Juan in a million chance to play for the mlb and he almost sq-juan-dered it away.

    • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      I had a bowl of juanton soup last night.

      • Old Gator - Dec 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        He’s just a Leo Nunez juannabe.

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