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Former Rockford standout athlete Joel Box sentenced for basketball scam

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QUINCY, Ill. (WREX/WGEM) — Former Rockford standout athlete Joel Box has been sentenced after he pled guilty to one count of theft of over $10,000 earlier this year.

Box was sentenced to 270 days in jail with 36 months probation and ordered to pay $41,612.51 in restitution for money he took for youth basketball camps that families said never existed.

On Monday, Judge Robert Adrian sentenced Box to serve 90 days beginning on Tuesday with the remaining days stayed. He also received credit for 3 days previously served.

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.

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