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11/10/2010 5:36 PM ET
Age, identity fraud reduction efforts expand to Venezuela
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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that its expanded efforts to reduce instances of age and identity fraud in Venezuela and other countries outside of the Dominican Republic have resulted in six players being deemed ineligible to sign and one player being placed on the Disqualified List.

Six Venezuelan players - Ruben Alvarado, Fabian Marquea, Osmir Medina, Serio Nieves, Omar Viloria and Jose Ramon Weffer - were recently found to have committed age and/or identity fraud in violation of the Major League Rules. Those players have been declared ineligible to sign a Major or Minor League contract for a period of one year. A seventh player, Erickson Salaya, was found to have falsified his age in connection with his current Minor League contract, and thus will be placed on the disqualified list for a period of one year.

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