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Jail for Man Who Promised Ravens, Didn't Deliver

Man collected $4,600 to deliver pro players to school assemblies, now gets eight years in prison.

An Annapolis man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for charging Howard County schools and PTAs to bring Ravens football players to their assemblies and then not delivering, ABC 2 News reports.

Prosecutors said Joseph Gill, 53, of Anne Arundel County, took $4,600 from five schools and PTA groups in Howard County last year.

According to reports, Gill promised Ravens players would attend the school anti-bullying assemblies. After he cashed the checks, however, Gill said that the players couldn’t make it after all.

According to court records, Gill admitted to running similar scams at four schools in Baltimore County, collecting $1,200 there, and 17 schools in Anne Arundel County, where he collected nearly $14,000. 

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Polly September 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM
8 years??? Seriously? I get that what he did was so wrong, but don't think 8 years is right. Especially when many convicted of more serious violent crimes don't even get that long. There must be a better way to deal with this man besides wasting precious prison space.
Steve McGovern September 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Couldn't agree more. We seem to have gone mad with prison sentencing.
anon September 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Eight years is shocking. Did he have competent counsel? It should have been restitution and community service.
Angela Morales September 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I agree, the USA imprisons more people per capita than any other country in the world. "The home of the free and the land of the brave"? Hypocracy!

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