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Monday January 23, 2012

Domincan Pitcher, Fausto Carmona, Allegedly Used False Identity to Play with Cleveland Indians

Domincan Pitcher, Fausto Carmona, Allegedly Used False Identity to Play with Cleveland Indians

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A pitcher with the Cleveland Indians has been arrested in the Dominican Republic for reportedly using a false identity.

According to a spokesman for police in the Dominican, 31-year-old Fausto Carmona is really 28-year-old Roberto Hernandez Heredia.

Thursday, Carmona/Heredia was arrested outside U.S. Embassy in the Dominican while he was on his way to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. for spring training. He has since been released from jail on bail.

During a conference call on Friday, Indians’ general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters, “At this point, we’re going to continue to refrain from commenting until we have a little more clarity. We’re still in the process of trying to get some additional information to work through that situation.”

Carmona/Heredia was allegedly paying to use the identity, but his plan fell apart when the mother of the real Fausto Carmona to a Dominican radio station a few weeks ago.

The investigation had been going on since then, but authorities decided to wait to arrest the ball player until he went to apply for a new visa.

The right-handed pitcher has been ordered to stay in the Dominican Republic, but offered a statement to his fans and team while he exited court Friday.

“I ask for the forgiveness of my fans, the government of the United States and the Cleveland Indians for this situation,” Carmona/Heredia said.

Carmona/Heredia has been with the Indians since 2006, when he made his major league debut.