Miami Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was arrested Thursday in his native Dominican Republic but then quickly released, with authorities saying he will not face charges stemming from an investigation into his use of false documents to sign a professional baseball contract.
The pitcher, whose real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, was arrested outside the U.S. Consulate in Santo Domingo, where he had been trying to get a new visa under his real name so he could return to the United States. He was booked at police headquarters and then released. A police official, Col. Maximo Baez Aybar, said that Oviedo was arrested on a charge of using a false identity on official documents.
The district attorney’s office, however, later said in a statement that the police arrest warrant was out of date and that authorities did not intend to prosecute Oviedo because he had been cooperating with the investigation….
Authorities have arrested Hector Pena Diaz, who is accused of falsifying Nunez’s documents. Pena could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
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