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Land O'Lakes man gets four years in prison for phony Babe Ruth baseball scam

LARGO — A Land O'Lakes man was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday for selling baseballs with phony Babe Ruth autographs. Marc A. Szakaly pleaded guilty to organized fraud for having sold or gotten pawnshop loans for the baseballs at dozens of locations throughout Florida. He also repaid the money. Szakaly pleaded guilty Friday without a plea bargain. Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley said the deliberate, deceptive nature of the crime warranted the punishment. The case began with a Largo police investigation and was prosecuted by the Office of Statewide Prosecution. Szakaly used old baseballs and doctored certificates of authenticity to make the balls seem legitimate. Szakaly, 40, appeared shaken at the sentence and steadied himself at a podium as Ley spoke.

Land O'Lakes man gets four years in prison for phony Babe Ruth baseball scam 02/10/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 10, 2012 5:41pm]
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