ATLANTA - A rip-off involving the Atlanta Braves landed James Lally in the Fulton County Jail on five felony counts. The Braves organization claims the 37-year-old stole more than $80,000 in season tickets via bad checks.
According to a police report, the Braves ticket sales manager discovered Lally selling those stolen tickets on craigslist and at a bar on Peachtree Street. It was at Hudson's Bar and Grill where Austin Lee says he and Lally crossed paths.
Lee says the more James Lally talked about his relative, 24 hours of Daytona Champion and last year's Sprint Cup Rookie of the year Andy Lally, the more suspicious he became.
Austin went online and found the first story we ran on Lally back in April. It detailed allegations by the children's charity First Tee of St. Petersburg and individuals in New Port Richey who say Lally took them for thousands of dollars by posing as racer Andy Lally's cousin.
Checks Lally wrote to the charity for silent auction items bounced, and we found half a dozen people like Will Langdon who say they gave Lally hundreds of dollars for tickets to the Daytona 500. Tickets that never arrived.
After our story aired, Pinellas county state attorneys office issued an arrest warrant. A warrant finally executed after Lally's capture in Atlanta two weeks ago.
Lally must first face the charges in Georgia before authorities extradite him to Florida.