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Former Rockford standout athlete Joel Box pleads guilty to theft

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) — Former Rockford standout athlete Joel Box pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of over $10,000.

Box was arrested in 2019 and accused of theft through his Quincy-based youth basketball training program.

Families had complained to the Better Business Bureau that Box charged them for basketball camps and a traveling team that never existed.

Some said they were charged more than $500 dollars for the camps, but Box kept canceling the workouts.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning about Box's "Joel Box Evolution Basketball" in June of 2019.

Box was arrested two months later on August 14, 2019.

Box is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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