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Marlins Leo Nunez Admits To Using Fake Documents


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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Florida Marlins closer Leo Nunez admitted Friday to using fake documents and a fake ID to sign a professional contract more than a year ago.

Central Electoral Commission President Roberto Rosario said at a press conference that Nunez signed a sworn statement saying he is not the person identified in official documents.

Dominican authorities also have arrested Hector Pena Diaz, who is accused of falsifying Nunez's documents.

Nunez returned to his native Dominican Republic on Thursday amid accusations that he was playing under an assumed name.

A person familiar with Nunez's immigration status told The Associated Press on Thursday that his real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo, and he's 29, a year older than listed in the team media guide.

The person also said the Marlins have been aware of the issue for several months. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because team officials haven't made any public comment on the case.

The Marlins placed Nunez on Major League Baseball's restricted list, and he isn't expected to pitch in the final week of the season. He had 36 saves and a 4.06 ERA in 68 games.

He turned pro in 2000 after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was traded to Kansas City in late 2004 and made his major league debut with the Royals the next season. The Marlins traded for him after the 2008 season.

Nunez, who is married, was born in Jamao al Norte, Dominican Republic, and lives in Bonao, according to his Marlins biography.

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