(NEW YORK) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona has been arrested by authorities in the Dominican Republic.
He is accused of using a false identity to try to obtain a U.S. visa, a police spokesman said on Thursday.
Colonel Maximo Aybar Baez, a spokeman for the Dominican police, said on his Twitter account that Carmona’s actual name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Furthermore, authorities say the pitcher is 31 years old and not 28 years old, as he has claimed.
“This arrest is part of the measures taken by the National Police (NP), in coordination with the American Consulate. The NP invited Dominican prospects not to be misled by those who sell fake illusions based on illegality,” Baez said on Twitter.
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