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U.S. Consulate backtracks on pardoning Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez for falsifying their identities

Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

There appeared to be some good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez earlier this week, as Dominican Today quoted William Weissman, consul general for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, as saying the U.S. State Department could pardon Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity.

While many ran away with that one part of his statement, Weissman also said that he wasn’t speaking in reference to any particular case and indicated that players who turn themselves in should be treated differently. Still, with plenty of misinformation flying around, the U.S. Consulate has since clarified Weissman’s comments.

According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the U.S. Consulate said in a series of Tweets that the main point Weissman was trying to make was that all cases are dealt with individually and that the consequences of fraud include ineligibility to enter the United States for life.

Carmona (whose real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia) was caught while trying to apply for a travel visa last month while Nunez (now known as Juan Carlos Oviedo) turned himself in last September, but they are both currently cooperating with the U.S. government. However, it’s not yet known if they’ll be granted visas in time for spring training or the start of the season. And even if they are eventually granted entry into the United States, it’s possible they could face punishment from MLB.

  1. JB (the original) - Feb 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Someone said, ‘hey, these are highly paid athletes who can only continue their careers if they can play in the good ol’ US of A, we can leverage that into $$$’

    And so this: “that the main point Weissman was trying to make was that all cases are dealt with individually and that the consequences of fraud include ineligibility to enter the United States for life”

    begets: ‘look we have you over a barrel here, so your “fine” is going to be, ummmm, let’s say $200K, take it or leave it’

  2. yettyskills - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:30 PM


  3. yettyskills - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    You should be banned from entry into this country for LIFE for entering under a false identity.
    Yup it’s that cut and dry

    • yettyskills - Feb 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Thumbs down from the terrorists and criminals that figure trying to get onto US soil is no big deal.

      aka liberals
      Liberals until they are a victim of their own stupid policies
      then then become conservatives right quick, dontcha’s?

      Ya you do

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

        Yettyskills, how old were you when you had your lobotomy? Your intellectual development seems to have been arrested at around eleven.

    • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Nope, it’s not. It’s only cut and dried for idiots who can’t muster the little bit of mental flexibility needed to distinguish between individual cases and need cut and dried so they won’t short circuit their overloaded dendrites.

  4. joj0420 - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    maybe they changed there names because they was into some trouble they couldnt get out of and it was the only way.

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      “maybe they changed there names because they” and their buscones wanted the vital statistics of a younger person to gain an unfair advantage in their pursuit of big contracts. MLB and the DR should investigate the buscones responsible for these violations and re-investigate all players from the DR.

      • Old Gator - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        Maybe MLB should have a uniform policy for evaluating talent that doesn’t invite this sort of fraud. We already know that a draft will kill the flow of talent from the Dominican, so that’ won’t work. Somewhere between a draft for identifying talent in the first place and a freer marketplace for bidding on that talent and we might get past this nonsense.

  5. bcjim - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    I suspect on some of theses cases, the players could have been minors when the fraud was perpetrated. Not excusing it but imagine you are a poor Dominican kid…and someone suggests this?

    Fine them and move on.

    • Old Gator - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:04 AM

      Asking yettyskills to “imagine” something beyond his own constricted ambit of experience is a tall order. He’s just a handful of Rush Limbaugh sound bites with six jointed legs on which to move around. Imagine a mentally challenged Gregor Samsa with a keyboard under his bed.

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