A DeKalb County man remains in jail, accused of trying to sell sets of Braves season tickets that he never paid for. Now police are trying to figure out how many people may have been affected.
Channel 2′s Tony Thomas spoke to one man who says the alleged con man’s pitch was strange.
Austin Lee said James Lally claimed connections to horse racing, NASCAR and then baseball, all in one short conversation.
His NASCAR connection is supposedly to a metro Atlanta resident and former NASCAR driver Andy Lally. Lally insists there’s no relation, Thomas said. Lee said Lally tried to sell him Braves tickets at half price.
“I’m skeptical by nature, Im an accountant,” Lee said.
Lee didn’t bite, but authorities now wonder how many people might have, then were turned away at Turner Field when the tickets proved worthless.
As Channel 2 Action News first reported last week, the Braves said Lally paid for 16 sets of season tickets with bounced checks. Florida authorities were already looking for him after he wrote bad checks for silent auction items at a charity golf fundraiser. Lally is also accused of taking money for Daytona 500 tickets he didn’t have.
“He comes from the heart and he comes straight at you and you think he’s real,” said a Florida victim David Accomando.
Around Atlanta, police said Lally was selling the no-good Braves tickets at the bar and online.
“We all love our sports and to be taken advantage of with something you really love is horrible,” Lee said.
Thomas checked into Lally’s background and records show he served time twice in New Jersey– once for theft and a second time from fraud involving bad checks.