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Fausto Carmona was outed following a hush money dispute with the real Fausto Carmona

Jan 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

Fausto Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday for allegedly falsifying his identity. We’re slowly learning more details about how he was exposed.

ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo Domingo by the mother of the real Fausto Carmona.

You can watch video of Gomez’s report here.

The belief is that Carmona has been paying the family of the real Carmona for the use of his identification and refused to increase hush money payments after the Indians picked up his $7 million club option for 2012 in October. Carmona made $6.1 million with the Indians last season. The U.S. government began an investigation after Carmona was outed on the radio show and he was arrested when he went to apply for his work visa earlier this week.

Carmona was released from jail yesterday on $13,000 bond. He’s actually 31 years old, three years older than previously believed, so many have wondered whether the Indians have just cause to void his contract. According to the Associated Press, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti refused to comment on the situation yesterday, only saying that they are “still gathering information.”

At the very least, it appears the Indians are preparing for the possibility that Carmona will not be granted entry into the United States in time for the start of the season. The club acquired right-hander Kevin Slowey from the Rockies yesterday as some insurance for their starting rotation.

  1. lyon810 - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    “Fausto Carmona was outed following a hush money dispute with Fausto Carmona”

    …this would have made for a better headline/working title

    • Old Gator - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      This is truly hilarious. The solution, of course, is for these Caribbean islands to make it legal to have your birth date changed so these kids can, as we used to say when I was 18, beat the draft.

      • pjmarn6 - Jan 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        Where were the scouts in all this or were they paid off too?

  2. crisisjunky - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Bill Cullen or Dorothy Kilgallon would have nailed the REAL Fausto Carmona
    right off the bat.

    • henryd3rd - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Damn what about Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf? They were far better at getting finding who was the imposter

      • crisisjunky - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Didn’t Arlene Francis co-star with Robbie the Robot and Walter Pidgeon’s monstrous Id?

      • crisisjunky - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        I may have been thinking of Anne Francis, she was in “A Face in the Crowd” with Andy Griffith on Turner last night. Incredible movie.

      • kwags70 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Anne Francis is not in A Face in the Crowd. That’s Patricia Neal and Lee Remick. Sorry …it is a great movie, though…

      • umrguy42 - Jan 22, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Anne Francis stars in Forbidden Planet (thank you Rocky Horror Picture Show) :p

    • rover27 - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      Wasn’t Bill Cullen on “I’ve Got A Secret” with Henry Morgan, Jayne Meadows/Betsy Palmer/Bess Myerson?

      • crisisjunky - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:18 AM

        YES! rover you’re even older than I am, but with a lot more memory cells left than I!
        Henry Morgan! not to be confused with Morgan of Dragnet and MASH fame.
        “Enter and sign in please!”………all that cigarette smoke a Phillip Morris Xanadu …..
        Myerson a Miss America, wasn’t she?

  3. pitolove124 - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I really think Carmona-Hernandez real name is Hideki Darvish and he’s a 36 year old Japanese standout during the winter league.

  4. 78mu - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    It’s hard to believe that dozens of people knew the fake Carmona and the real Carmona all along while the Indians were totally clueless. I know there was a concerted effort to deceive but didn’t any of Heredia’s friends and teammates figure out that guy pitching for the Indians sure looks like familiar? It seems there had to a lot of people in on the deception for it to work as long as it did. Any team today that doesn’t send a Spanish speaking flunky to the DR for some due diligence deserves to get fooled.

    • ptfu - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Maybe it was a long gravy train. Heredia may have had to buy silence from quite a few people.

  5. aceshigh11 - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This story is just WILD. Wow…

  6. cur68 - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Looks like Juan Carlos Oviedo had the goods on Leo Nuñez & Fausto Carmona on Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Both guys must regret getting involved with they’re former identity, but it made them rich even with the stress of trying to remember who the hell they were most of the time. At least Jaun/Leo was only paying himself hush money (that we’ve heard). I think I’ll move to the DR and become “Hugo Universo”. I always knew I was meant for greater things…

    • cur68 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Just a final thought: whoever outed “Carmona” is a bit of an idiot. If they’d kept their mouths shut, they keep collecting. Now that they’ve outed him, they might be up for extortion and they definitely get no more dough from here out from “Carmona”. People can be so stupid.

  7. henryd3rd - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Will the real Fausto Carmona please stand up? One thing for sure is that Mrs. Carmona should be charged with blackmail or extortion that the very least? Wonderful story.

    Hey if the Indians decide to void his contract I’m sure Jeffrey Loria and his GM Sampson wouldn’t mind having a another capable arm on their team. They’ve done it before. Plus I’m sure that there are other players in MLB who are playing with fake ID’s.

  8. jwestc - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    grat fun story…so much GREED here…now neither (whom ever he is) or the IDIOT hush money fools may get any money-so nice. of course sports is WAY vital, so he should be back in action once The Price Is Right and the crook gets his work permit…now to John Charles Daly and the panel… :)

  9. vincentbojackson - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Fitting development. Cleveland has been impersonating a sports town for decades.

    • henryd3rd - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Shut Up Lebron!

  10. imaginesuperbowlwin - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Reports have surfaced that Kevin Slowey was let go by the Twins because he wanted to change his name to Can o’ Corn.

  11. stew48 - Jan 21, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    I have read all the comments and I am surprised no one has explained why he wanted another name, and what he may have done (or not) to want to fake his ID.

    • cur68 - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      He’d be younger by 3 years if he’s Carmona. Hence 22, not 25 (his actual age) when he broke into the Majors. Who wouldn’t want a 22 year old who could pitch like a guy with 3 more years experience? That’s pretty much why they all do it (except Leo Nunez/Jaun Carlos Oviedo: I thought he just did it to have a better name cause he was only a year younger as “Nunez”. The birth year change was only a slight advantage).

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