Accused con man James Lally arrested in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. - An arrest warrant was issued for James Lally in Pinellas County after our first story aired back in April (see http://wfts.tv/Kb3Xf1 ).

Officers caught up with him Friday in Atlanta where the Braves baseball team says he stole season tickets and sold them to unsuspecting fans.

The Atlanta Braves filed a report with police in July. The team accused James Lally of writing $80,000 in bad checks in order to obtain season tickets. 

We found that a connection between the 36-year-old and bad checks dates back to 2003 when he was convicted of fraud in New Jersey.

At some point, Lally moved to the Tampa Bay area. We found multiple addresses for him in Bradenton and Sarasota between 2010 and 2012. 

This past February, the St. Pete children's charity First Tee says Lally bragged his way into their fundraiser with talk of his connection to former NASCAR driver Andy Lally.

First Tee claims Lally lavished the children's charity with generosity that night, spending more than $4,000 on a table sponsorship and their silent auction items.  But the checks bounced.

A week or two later guests at a Quality Inn say James Lally also convinced them of his connection to the 2011 Sprint Cup rookie of the year in order to sell tickets (that did not exist) to the Daytona 500.

We spent weeks tracking Lally to last known addresses only to find he had left the state. 

The state attorney's office in Pinellas issued an arrest warrant after we reported on the charity's losses.

A warrant finally served today hours after Atlanta police charged him with three felonies including theft by deception and account fraud.

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