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Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

Posted on: April 27, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 5:42 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Nationals starting pitcher Livan Hernandez is currently being looked at as part of an investigation by authorities in Puerto Rico in connection with a money laundering scheme with a drug czar, reports the Washington Times .

Hernandez reportedly has several cars and properties under his name that are actually owned by Angel Ayala Vazquez, a convicted drug kingpin in Puerto Rico.

“We’re looking into people who assisted with money laundering,” U.S. Attorney in Puerto Rico Jaqueline Novas told The Times. “(Hernandez’s) name came up during the trial several times.”

Vazquez was recently convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin and other drugs at public housing projects in Bayamon, P.R. His sentencing is August 9. The ongoing investigation of the laundering involves the FBI, DEA and U.S. Attorney's office, though Novas wouldn't comment on whether or not Hernandez is an actual target of the investigation.

The Nationals issued the following statement:

"The Nationals are aware of and continue to monitor the situation as it pertains to the Angel Manuel Ayala trial."

Hernandez, 36, is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in five starts for the Nats this season. He is next scheduled to pitch Thursday night. Considering the Nats already know about the investigation but aren't sure about the extent of his involvement, it's pretty likely he'll make the start as scheduled.

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Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 11:47 am
 

Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

Matt
I can't blame you for passing this story along since it was already reported by the Times and you are doing your job. However if you added the word "reportedly" to the report then first it shows me you find it hard to swallow and second I would think that opens the door for a slander suit by Livan if they are untrue. I find it hard to believe that a pro ball player would need to do such a thing or that anyone in his financial position would be stupid enough to put himself in the criminal exposure for a projects drug dealer. I know now days pro sports people do some pretty dumb things and get themselves in serious trouble so we will have to wait and see but I really have a problem with early release of such things without any supporting evidence. If it turns out he is innocent damage has been done and he will be labeled by many for a long time as a criminal even after he did not do it. This is not the right way for our officials to act. Or the Times in this case. 



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:18 am
 

Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

Actually, "reportedly" means the Washington Times reported it and I didn't. Nothing more or less.

I was passing the information along. This is a case of you going after the messenger. It actually would have been professionally irresponsible to ignore the story, because it is a story -- otherwise the Nationals wouldn't have felt compelled to release a statement about it.

- Matt



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:22 am
 

Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

“We’re looking into people who assisted with money laundering,” U.S. Attorney in Puerto Rico Jaqueline Novas told The Times. “(Hernandez’s) name came up during the trial several times.”
This statement by the DA is insinuating that Hernandez is under investigation.  If there is evidence against him then get on with it. Let's not have our officials throw things out there before there is any evidence of guilt. This is not the time to be making any accusations.   

Hernandez reportedly has several cars and properties under his name that are actually owned by Angel Ayala Vazquez, a convicted drug kingpin in Puerto Rico.

There is a difference between freedom of the press and responsible reporting. If the above statement is true the government would have Hernandez locked up and facing charges right now.  Free press doesn't mean print anything you want. Putting "reportedly" in this sentence tells me it is a way to make any allegation the press wishes without any reprisals. LOW LIFE REPORTING 

If he is truly guilty than let's prosecute him and put him behind bars. But until then this whole report should be substantiated and give a person the presumption of innocence. And any government agency making a statement that a person is under investigation at this stage is irresponsible. While it may not legally be an infringement of civil rights it seems awful close. 
I won't even go into how our civil rights are slowly being eroded by the government under the disguise of homeland security.





Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

Exactly what civil rights of Livan Hernandez are being violated by any branch of the government?  A U.S. Attorney in Puerto Rico said his name came up several times in a trial where a drug dealer was convicted for peddling dope in the projects of Puerto Rico.  Hernandez is a big name pitcher in the majors, there is naturally gonna be a lot of interest by the press when his name is mentioned in that sort of context.  The U.S. attorney answered some reporter's questions about the trial.  The reporter wrote a story about it in the Washington Times, whatever that is.  How does this violate anyone's civil rights?  And exactly how does any of this lead to a "police state?"  As far as I can tell, it's nothing more than freedom of the press.



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Money laundering investigation includes Hernandez

Why wouldn't he make his next start? He has not been charged or convicted of anything. Anytime the FBI, DEA and US attorney is involved in a case you can throw your civil rights out the window. They use the media to promote their agenda and smear peoples name in the court of public opinion and the spineless media reports it even if the person may be innocent. If the government has some legitimate evidence against him then charge him and take it to trial. In the meantime keep the investigation out of the media. This type of behavior by our law enforcement agencies is an example of our presumed rights being violated. Soon we will become a police state if the government has their way. If it turns out he has done no wrong he still will have to face the public and answer to it for something he never did. I don't know if he is innocent or guilty but let's give him the benefit of the doubt. To throw this out to the media is not right until there is some legitimate evidence against him. PUT UP OR SHUT UP.


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