Police: Man used bad checks to scam 1,300 Braves tickets

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ATLANTA —

The Atlanta Braves say a man scammed them out of $76,000 worth of tickets using fraudulent checks.

Police said James Lally bought sets of season tickets and never paid for them, then sold them to fans at a local bar and by using Craigslist.com.

The Braves said Lally bought 16 sets of season tickets and then bounced the five checks he wrote to pay for them.

The Braves deactivated the tickets, but there is no way to know who has the tickets that no longer work. It is not known how many of the 1,300 tickets Lally sold.

Lally, 36, was arrested in Atlanta and made his first appearance in court on Saturday. His bond was set for $20,000, but Lally will still have to answer for charges in Florida.

Authorities in Florida said Lally bounced $4,000 worth of checks to a children’s golf charity. He is also accused of selling nonexistent Daytona 500 tickets.

In each Florida case, victims said Lally claimed to be related to and worked for former NASCAR driver and metro Atlanta resident Andy Lally. The NASCAR driver said that is not true.