Michael Erdolino was arrested and charged for creating a fake baseball league, St. Mary's County authorities said.
LEONARDTOWN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested and charged for creating a fake baseball league, St. Mary's County authorities said.
Michael S. Erdolino created the league, recruited players and even held practices, according to police.
"Erdolino, age 38, of no fixed address, self established an organization named Southern Maryland Athletics Youth Baseball and actively recruited children for his team which would be based in St. Mary's County. Erdolino established a $500 registration fee per player and held multiple fund raisers at various locations in St. Mary's and Calvert County to fund the team," police said.
With the $500 registration fee, victims told police they were promised practices, insurance, instructors, uniforms and even equipment, police said.
Police said the victims didn't get anything in return, except for a few practices.
"On February 7, 2013, Erdolino met with detectives and was unable to produce any documentation of the accounting for the alleged organization he had created. On March 7, 2013 Erdolino was arrested in Hollywood, Md. and charged with Theft $1,000 - $10,000, Theft Scheme $1,000 - $10,000 and 4 counts of Theft under $1,000. Erdolino was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention Center," police said.
Erdolino was released on a $5,000 bond.